Odeon Blackpool

5 Dickson Road,
Blackpool, FY1 2AX

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Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on November 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

Have load at picture of the New sales Kiosk of 1953

MikeJC
MikeJC on September 7, 2012 at 11:54 am

From a photograph I am looking at as I write this, the Conacher organ in Blackpool Odeon actually had four manuals rather than two and it was also equipped with an incredibly ugly (well, to my mind) “batwing” illuminated surround. As already stated, the instrument was transferred from the Ritz Southend in 1946. Rumour has it that originally, a large 5 manual Compton organ had been ordered (shades of Leicester Square here?)and would have been installed towards the end of 1939 (thinks: were Comptons way behind with their workload here?). Apparently this mighty instrument had been dispatched by rail from London to Blackpool via Manchester, but whilst the train was left overnight in a goods yard, there was an air raid which destroyed both train and organ. Looking at the discrepancy in the dates, it does seem a little far-fetched and perhaps someone better informed than I would care to comment on this.

FarleyFlavors
FarleyFlavors on August 10, 2012 at 6:19 am

RasLXR has a good point – this listing needs to be corrected. The building now houses a nightclub and cabaret called Funny Girls. It has never screened films under this name. It should be listed under “Odeon” and “Closed”.

rasLXR
rasLXR on April 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Should this not be listed as Odeon and closed. I understood CT policy is to list the last name at the time it closed as a cinema, the Tivoli is not listed as Yates wine bar. Researchers using this site would not find the Odeon unless they were aware its no longer a cinema and is now night club many cinemas on CT that are night clubs now but listed as the cinema name at the time they closed. At the moment its listed as a cinema with 3 screens called Funny Girls. R

Ian
Ian on July 12, 2010 at 4:04 am

A couple more digitally scanned images from 1992 when it was still operating as a cinema:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4785403225/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4786035962/

KenRoe
KenRoe on February 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

The Odeon, photographed in 1985:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 5, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Here is a photo from around 1969?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 21, 2008 at 1:14 pm

More photos can be seen here.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on December 31, 2007 at 1:53 pm

So much of this still intact its amazing! Great pics Ian, thanks again!

Ian
Ian on December 31, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Three more interior images before the Odeon closed here:–

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 4, 2007 at 8:50 pm

Nov 2007 photo with Funny Girls at this theater:
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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on August 19, 2007 at 12:25 pm

This building looks better today than it proberbly has done in the last 20 years. All thanks to the pink pound.

Ian
Ian on August 19, 2007 at 10:42 am

A photo dating to just before the Odeon was tripled in 1975 here:–

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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on August 13, 2007 at 7:53 am

I’ll be there again mid-September camera in hand.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on August 13, 2007 at 6:24 am

I trust you had a good evening in the company of Miss Diamond and Zoe Mr Roe. Its a great place isnt it. Did you get to venture up into Flamingos to see the whole auditorium?

KenRoe
KenRoe on August 13, 2007 at 6:08 am

An August 2007 photograph of the former stalls area, now in use as Funny Girls cabaret theatre:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skintype/1101254060/

Ian
Ian on August 9, 2007 at 7:46 am

This is a photo of the multiplex for which the circuit abandoned the art deco gem that they had in Dickson Road.

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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on January 7, 2007 at 10:44 pm

Virtually all the fittings such as the hanging lighting is still there in the new niteclub, intact and used as a focal point to the evening. I could have stood there for hours, actualy i did!

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on December 13, 2006 at 6:25 am

You couldnt ask for a better preservation than whats been done here! OK OK its not in its original use but at least its still there! Go to Funny girls and you will see the front of the auditorium wonderfully preserved. When i stood at the back of Flamingos Niteclub which is in the circle area my breath was totally taken away. Even after turning the space into one of the best clubs in Europe i could stand there and see virtually all the old auditorium retained in the clubs use. Original,wonderful hanging ceiling lighting etc. I stood at the very back and thought ‘wow, how big was this place when seen as a complete auditorium- huge!“ Congratulations to Mr Basil Newby and the team

Ian
Ian on September 15, 2006 at 11:32 am

Another exterior shot before closure as the Odeon here :-
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Ian
Ian on September 3, 2006 at 12:02 pm

A photo of the former front stalls area as the new Funny Girls Theatre here :

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Ian
Ian on September 3, 2006 at 10:57 am

Photo of the Odeon Tower (and signage) just prior to closing here :

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jbn6773
jbn6773 on April 7, 2006 at 3:30 am

I agree with richyb, I go to Blackpool every year, normally with my girlfriend and other couples. We always make a point of spending the Saturday night in Funny Girls, which is a fantastic night out regardless of your sexual orientation. The show is first class and the night is complete with the optional pre-show meal in the downstairs restaraunt (located rear stalls right, looking from the stage). When you walk into the main area of the auditorium, you can still see the magnificent decor that has been retained. The circle has been reduced to hold a small bar and a couple of rows of tables and chairs, this being the VIP balcony area. Behind and above that I assume is the New Flamingo Club. Funny Girls caters for all aged 18-100 (I have seen quite a few senior citizens inside) and is very popular for hen parties. Any one who has not yet taken the chance to have a look at Basil Newbys very well planned and symapthetic conversion should get along. for more info log onto: http://www.funnygirlsshowbar.co.uk/

It is far better to see the Odeon Blackpool in this form, than the Grade 2 listed, former Odeon Hartlepool, which closed in 1981 and apart for a brief spell as a nightclub (that never was, it had to close at midnight as it couldn’t get a 2am licence), which now stands almost derelict, up for sale, and gradually rotting away. Even now you can still see the painted ‘Odeon Theatre’ signage on the rear wall of the stage, thought this is fading away.

Well done In The Pink Leisure and Basil Newby.

timmj
timmj on February 23, 2006 at 6:41 am

Can anyone help…we are looking for pictures of the Odeon Blackpool..not the outside though (got lots of them) trying to find more of the inside….the balcony foyer/lounge and more of the inside..projection room etc…and if you get the chance go and see the new club and funny girls its spot on….i know alot of “cinema buffs” call the change of cinema buildings many are now bingo clubs which disgust alot, to our own findings, before moving to Blackpool myself and my partner owned a bingo club in Belper in Derbyshire which was also a cinema, we would show anyone around the building that asked (many cinema buffs) most were inpressed but you would get a few that would turn up there noses saying “well it wasn’t built for this” my answer to them was…well if we wasn’t using it for this it would have bit the dust along time ago…well done ITP its a excelent as are all there venues. T.J