Odeon Harrogate

East Parade,
Harrogate, HG1 5LB

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Odeon Harrogate

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The Sutton Coldfield Odeon (re-named Empire Cinema in 2006) and Harrogate Odeon are the only two in this distinctive chain to share a near identical design (in Sutton Coldfield by architect Cecil Clavering of the Harry Weedon practice) opening in April and September 1936 resepctively. The Odeon Harrogate opened on 28th September 1936 with Gene Gerrard in “Where’s Sally”. Seating was provided for a total of 1,647; 1,049 in the stalls and 598 in the circle.

Quintessential ‘Odeon’ external design involving curved entrance, tall slender Art Deco fin, faience tiles and brick faced auditorium

The auditorium was streamlined with no direct lighting. It was sub-divided in August 1972 with screen 1 forming the former circle and the front stalls with seating for 532 and screen’s 2 & 3 formed under the circle with 108 seats each.

In 1989, the circle and front stalls were separated into 2 screens making 4 in total. It has since been modernised and the circle sub-divided giving the 5 screeens today which seat (in 2008); 298, 239, 102, 80 and 337.

The Odeon is a Grade II Listed building

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 14, 2005 at 3:41 am

A closer view in March 1989, courtesy of Jeremy Perkins. Note the original ‘Odeon’ signage on the building which has now been removed after ’re-branding' to a more ‘modern’ style:
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Gaumont
Gaumont on May 20, 2006 at 3:01 am

Another exterior picture taken April 2006, courtesy Xerones.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/xerones/131938618/
A web site that announce the project involved for refurbishment:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 28, 2006 at 11:16 am

Photographed as a single screen in the 1960’s. The ‘Odeon’ sign on the left of the building has been removed:
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Ian
Ian on March 14, 2007 at 11:05 am

A pre-rebrannding photo here:–

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Mikebsc
Mikebsc on July 2, 2007 at 3:47 pm

Just wanted to post a corrected to the main article above.

The Cinema has 5 screens, not 4.

2 Screens upstairs and 3 downstairs.

Seating Capacities:
Upstairs:
Screen 1: 298
Screen 2: 239
Downstairs:
Screen 3: 100
Screen 4: 78
Screen 5: 333

Ian
Ian on October 18, 2007 at 9:11 am

A further series of exterior shots of the iconic Odeon design from October 2007 here:

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Ian
Ian on February 29, 2008 at 6:22 am

Two 1978 vintage pictures here:–

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leeadama
leeadama on June 5, 2008 at 11:15 am

Design is almost identical to the old Odeon building in Newport, S.Wales seen here:

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currently being used as a church, give or take the positioning of a few windows & doors.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on August 22, 2012 at 6:22 am

I’ve uploaded 2 photos, but first time they were out of focus,so I tried again, and had a better result, but I’m unable to erase the blurry ones. Is it possible to do so ?

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