Odeon Radcliffe

Foundry Street,
Radcliffe, M26

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Odeon Radcliffe

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Located in Radcliff, Lancashire, today part of Greater Manchester. The Odeon was built for and operated by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain and was opened on 14th August 1937 with Clark Gable in “San Francisco”.

Designed in a simple but effective Art Deco style, seating was provided for 822 in the stalls and 316 in the balcony on a semi-stadium plan that had no overhanging balcony, just a separate raised section at the rear.

Radcliffe is located only two miles away from Bury where Odeon already had built an Odeon a year earlier. The Odeon Radcliffe was an early casualty due to the down-turn in cinema admissions when television was introduced.

It closed on 27th April 1957 with Victor Mature in “Zarak”. The building was converted into retail use as a supermarket. It became a Tesco supermarket in 1968 and a Kwick Save supermarket from 1974 which closed on 20th March 2004. The building lay empty until November 2005 when it was demolished to make way for a new developement on the site.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 20, 2006 at 8:28 am

Two views of the former Odeon Theatre when still open as a Kwik Save Supermarket:
http://www.bolton.org.uk/radks.jpg
http://www.bolton.org.uk/radksmh.jpg

Ian
Ian on May 1, 2006 at 1:21 am

Another photo of the Kwik-save former Odeon here:–

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The buildings entrance was originally on the far corner of the front of the building.

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