8 Odeon Buildings, Rockingham Road,
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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.
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