Odeon Corby

Rockingham Road,
Corby, NN17 1AD

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Proscenium Odeon Corby

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Located in Corby, Northamptonshire at the corner of Rockingham Road and Stephenson Way. Built for Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain, the Odeon opened on 16th March 1936 with Jesse Matthews in “First A Girl”. A local architect Lawrence M. Gotch designed the cinema, which had seating provided for 770 in the stalls and 272 in the stadium balcony which did not overhang the stalls. It was equipped with a British Thomson-Houston(BTH) sound system.

It was taken over by a local independent operator from 19th January 1969 and re-named the Rutland Cinema, but this was not successful it closed as a cinema in November 1969. It then became the Rutland Bingo Club which closed in 1991. There were plans proposed to turn it into a Chicago Hard Rock Cafe, but these were dropped. It was in use as a furniture store from 1996.

Now in use as A6 Furnishings, the former cinema is being used as a showroom warehouse selling cheap pine furniture.

It has not been entirely stripped of its guts and I feel sure it could be restored to its original “glory”.

It is depressing to see the lack of respect for what should be a protected building.

Contributed by Gordon J R Morris

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 24, 2006 at 10:41 am

A vintage view of the exterior of the Odeon Corby. I am unable to date it, but possibly mid-1950’s:
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michaelbrent
michaelbrent on June 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Anyone fancy purchasing a former Odeon Cinema? Well this is your chance, The former Odeon Cinema is currently for sale for £295,000.

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-41201633.html

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on June 25, 2013 at 2:51 am

Some 20 years ago I searched the country for Cinemas to take over… with difficulty.. (for Cinema use) How times have changed.. Now I am to old.. and wise.. alas

michaelbrent
michaelbrent on June 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm

It wouldn’t take too much work, proscenium still in place, as is circle all though a metal mezzanine floor has been put in, I’m unsure about the projection box, but the stalls floor has been leveled.

Dexterror
Dexterror on June 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I would love to own a cinema, if only I had the money. I would show loads of old classics, cult, indie and retro movies, not just all the most popular latest releases.

michaelbrent
michaelbrent on January 27, 2016 at 12:34 am

Cinematreasures, there was not a cafe, and the seating was in stadium format with a balcony with no overhang

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

Does anyone know if American producer Robert Radnitz’s final movie, “The Little Ark,” had a theatrical release in the United Kingdom?

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