Film Centre

Chandos Place,
St. Austell, PL25 5PZ

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mikero on July 16, 2016 at 11:16 am

This week, would have seen us celebrating this magnificent buildings 80th Birthday on the 11th of July. It maybe gone, but will never be forgotten.

Biffaskin on March 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

To mikero and others, sadly the demolition of the Film Centre/Odeon/Classic was necessary, as the attached multi story car park had ‘mundic block’ and was pulling the cinema down along with it… when this was realised, it was too late to save the cinema.. the next best thing is a new cinema, which at least WTW Cornish Cinemas has ensured by building the White River.

mikero on November 28, 2007 at 7:05 am

Hello again. Just an update to advise that the demolition of ‘our’ beloved Odeon-Classic-Film Centre, Chandos Place, St.Austell, Cornwall, Is now complete (28/11/2007). The walls came down a few weeks ago (3-7/11/2007, and site clearing and removal of foundations, drainage etc have been undertaken these past few weeks. It upsets me to even talk about it, let alone to have had the misfortune of having witnessed some of it’s destruction. St.Austell will now get in the next 18 months, a 4 screen (1 less than the Odeon), 600 seat (half as many) anytown sterile cinema, and future generations will be denied the privilege of experiencing the glamorous splendour and
magnificent architecture of this beautiful and imposing Art Deco building.

mikero on September 24, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Hello, Firstly, what a fantastic site, please keep up the brilliant work. I am writing to amend a couple of errors that appear in your listing for the Film centre/Odeon, Chandos place, St.Austell, Cornwall, England. The opening date was Saturday 11th July 1936 (not 1937), and the 1st film shown was a charity screening of ‘Jack of all Trades’. As a matter of interest, the last film shown on its closing night Thursday 23rd August 2007, was again a charity screening of ‘The smallest show on Earth’. This magnificent building, in my opinion the finest example of it’s type is currently being stripped out in preparation for destruction, which should occur in the next 4-5 weeks (Mid Oct 07). Whilst the building would have benefited from refurbishment and investment, the money has gone instead to build a new, no doubt glass and chrome anytown cinema in the town, the ‘replacement’ cinema is not to be completed until 2008/09, not a as stated in the listing ‘about to open’. Thanks again, wonderful work.

ian williams
ian williams on September 5, 2007 at 4:10 am

Wonderful shots of the Odeon-that-was Ken! All the more sad that ‘progress’ dictated conversion to an every day soulless multiplex.
Many thanks …… Ian W in far away Melbourne!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 2, 2007 at 5:51 am

Some more vintage photographs of the Odeon St. Austell and other St. Austell cinemas here:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 2, 2007 at 5:44 am

It looks like the side of the building has been covered in metal cladding:
Foyer, photographed on closing night: