Rockingham Road and Stephenson Road,
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Architects: Laurence M. Gotch
Functions: Furniture Showroom
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Rutland Cinema
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 Café, but these were dropped. It was in use as a furniture store from 1996.
Last in use for many years as A6 Furnishings, the former cinema was used as a showroom warehouse selling cheap pine furniture until it closed on 28th February, 2022. In April 2022 plans were approved to demolish the auditorium and build flats on the site, retaining the façade.
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.
In July 2022 it reopened as a furniture store.
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