Odeon Brighton

Kingswest Centre, 1 West Street,
Brighton, BN1 2RE

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Odeon Brighton

The Kingswest Leisure Centre was built in 1966 close to the site of the former Palladium Theatre/Odeon Cinema which had been demolished in 1963.

In 1972 the upper part of the building which housed a skating rink and conference hall was converted into a three screen Odeon Cinema which opened on 19th April 1973 with Maggie Smith in "Travels With My Aunt", Gene Hackman in "The Poseiden Adventure" and "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland". The nearby 1937- built Odeon Cinema closed the day previously. The new Odeon screens were designed by D.H.D. Design Group of Richmond, Surrey and had seating for 390, 885 and 504.

Since then, two additional screens seating 275 and 242 have opened in the basement of the building in May 1987, and another screen opened in a disused kitchen in August 1989 which seats 103. In December 2001 the largest screen (885 seats) was divided into three screens, giving a total of eight screens in the building today.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian
Ian on July 27, 2007 at 3:55 pm

The Kingswest Centre containing the Odeon cinema complex was not the site of the former Odeon Palladium. The Brighton Centre occupies the Palladium site.

Photo of the Kingswest Odeon shortly after opening (cinema entrance at rear of building):
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A more recent picture of the seafront facade:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 27, 2007 at 4:21 pm

Some more photographs and a potted history at this page:
http://www.terramedia.co.uk/brighton/Kingswest.htm

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on July 31, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Hideous! I shudder everytime ive walked past this thing. I would never contemplate stepping inside. Rip it down now.

Fabian_Breckels
Fabian_Breckels on January 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

Actually some of the screens are not that bad – 1 and the original 3 (now 5?) are decent sized stadium auditoria while the two in the basement are OK. Shame they tripled the original Screen 2 – Saw “The Living Daylights” in there back in 1987 and it was a really nice auditorium.

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