Odeon Doncaster

Hall Gate,
Doncaster, DN1 3NL

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Originally on this site was the Majestic Cinema. The Gaumont Palace Theatre in Hall Gate at the corner of Thorne Road, Doncaster opened on 3 September 1934, having been designed by W. E. Trent and W. Sydney Trent. It had 2,020 seats and a full stage 67 feet wide, a flytower and 11 dressing rooms. It was equipped with a Compton 3Manual/10Rank organ, with an illuminated console on a lift. There was also a large cafe/restaurant.

The Art Deco style auditorium was extremely elegant with panelled walls, a curvaceous ceiling with lighting troughs, and a noted painted safety curtain by artist Frank Barnes, depicting the railway industry prevalent in the town. During the late 1960’s and thoughout the 1960’s the Gaumont staged many ‘pop’ concerts, including, Buddy Holly, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Although it was modernised in 1964, there is much of the original still remaining.

It became the Odeon, one of the last Gaumonts to lose its name, in 1987. This was long after the theatre had been tripled in 1973, with two mini-cinemas under the balcony (seating 144 each) and the main screen with a still impressive 1,003 seats in the former circle and front stalls. This was to retain the use of the large stage.

In 2007 this is still open and still a three-screen operation, seating has been reduced to 975 in screen 1, although screens 2 (159 seats) and screen 3 (161 seats) have had a few extra squeezed in.

The Odeon was closed on 10th April 2008 with the final film screened being Sean Faris in “Never Back Down”. It has been sold to a local company Lazarus Properties, who specialize in town centre re-developments. They had no plans for use of the building at the time of closure, but in February 2009, plans were proposed to demolish and build a casino.

Demolition was in October/November 2009.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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mike2001
mike2001 on June 15, 2009 at 10:44 am

Have read in todays ,“Doncaster Star,” that there has been fire damage to the roof this last weekend, & it now seems certain the building will have to be demolished .

danthedj
danthedj on June 22, 2009 at 10:18 am

have you seen the front today?! they have taken the metal of the front! its showing its old front again!

churchill188
churchill188 on June 22, 2009 at 10:35 am

A view of the front now the blue cladding has been removed (the metal framework still remains), they haven’t been careful in the removal as some of the stone blocks have been knocked off (nothing that can’t be repaired quite easily).

Odeon June 2009 with original frontage

mike2001
mike2001 on July 1, 2009 at 11:33 am

Reported by BBC today that Doncaster councillors have given permission for the Odeon to be demolished

stevedoncaster
stevedoncaster on July 13, 2009 at 10:29 am

http://www.doncasterpalace.co.uk/petition

We, the undersigned, request that the planning permission granted for the demolition of the former Doncaster Odeon (previously known as Gaumont Palace Theatre) and that for the construction of a new building on the same site be withdrawn, in the interest of preserving Doncaster’s history and heritage.

Furthermore we would like to request that the building be reviewed for listed status (at least within the local area), and that any futher applications of demolition for the building be refused.

speed
speed on July 31, 2009 at 4:33 am

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Still awsome inside!

spitandsawdust
spitandsawdust on August 21, 2011 at 5:25 am

What a tragedy just a flat piece of ground where it stood.

Robbie25646
Robbie25646 on September 7, 2012 at 2:43 am

I have several posters from this theatre for stage shows in the mid 1970’s some say Gaumont others Odeon.

Robbie25646
Robbie25646 on August 17, 2013 at 2:43 am

My friend Richard Isaac was deputy manager here whilst the Gaumont, Barkers Pool, Sheffield was being refurbished in the mid 1980’s I think Paul Archer was the manager at the same time. Paul was a really knowledgeable man about cinema too. I miss them both.

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