Odeon Corby

8 Odeon Buildings, Rockingham Road,
Corby, NN17 1AD

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Proscenium Odeon Corby

Located in Corby, Northamptonshire. 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 balcony.

It was taken over by a local independent operator from 19th January 1969 and re-named the Rutland Cinema, but this was not successful and it was closed later that year. It then became the Rutland Bingo Club for many years. Then used as a furniture store from 1996 it became a Chicago Rock Cafe from 5th November 1997.

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 7 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 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.


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 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 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 on July 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm

The Odeon clocks are still in place!

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