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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.
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