Instant Arena

7 Clerk Street,
Edinburgh, EH8 9JH

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Ian
Ian on October 30, 2011 at 2:26 am

Still derelict in October 2011 – traces of the New Victoria lettering can be seen on the façade

ODEON EXTERIOR

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm

This article includes a picture of what façade of the theatre would look like if the plans of preservationists move frward: View link

dennyc
dennyc on November 12, 2010 at 2:25 am

there is a new project dedicated to saving the cinema. If you are interested or want to get involved check out the website:

http://www.thenewvictoria.com/

You can also follow the project on Facebook and Twitter

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Vintage photographs of the New Victoria Cinema:
http://www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/1265.html

garypainter
garypainter on March 26, 2009 at 8:42 am

Although the decision to allow demolition has been passed by Edinburgh City Council, the final say on Listed Building Consent has still to be passed by heritage body Historic Scotland.

A new electronic petition was launched yesterday to try to push for Historic Scotland to refuse this application.

In less than 24 hours, it has collected 500+ signatures, the majority of which seem to be from Edinburgh residents themselves keen to see the building re-used as some kind of cultural or leisure venue, which would be much more sympathetic to the historic fabric of the building than a boutique hotel. It’s situated in a slightly rundown area of the city, and such a cultural or arts venue would be an excellent anchor for regeneration – and would give much mroe back to the community than any commercial hotel enterprise would offer.

You can find the petition here, please take a moment to sign:

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Thank You

pelikan4001
pelikan4001 on March 21, 2009 at 9:59 pm

It’s a shame that it’s now closed. I was a student living on South Clerk Street during the academic year 1994/5 and I remember in May (?) 1995 Brave Heart had its Scotland Premiere in this very cinema. It was sectioned off and people weren’t allowed to go near but I remember I was told that Sean Connery was there!!

smallbrown
smallbrown on January 14, 2009 at 11:08 pm

many years ago I started a history project on the Odeon. A couple of days ago I started writing it up as a blog.

http://odeonedinburgh.blogspot.com

garypainter
garypainter on October 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Sadly, the destructive plans were passed, although by a closely split vote of 6-4. Many organisations, such as the CTA and the Theatres Trust, will be requesting that the decision be called-in by Historic Scotland for a possible public inquiry.

garypainter
garypainter on October 26, 2008 at 8:00 am

The New Victoria is under very serious threat now – the planning application submitted in January 2008 which involved demolition of the interior of the auditorium block for a hotel is due to be discussed by the City of Edinburgh Council planning committee on Wed 29th October. The planning officer in charge of the case is recommending that the application be granted, but the councillors on the planning committee may vote against this recommendation – although this is very rare indeed. We are trying to lobby those councillors by emailing them before Wednesday morning to remind them of the importance of the cinema in a national context. We would be very grateful if others could do so too. Their names are printed below, and their email addresses take the form .uk Many thanks for your time.

Jim Lowrie
Charles Dundas
Elaine Morris
Gary Peacock
Marjorie Thomas
Colin Keir
Stuart McIvor
Rob Munn
Lesley Hinds
Norma Hart
Eric Milligan
Joanna Mowat
Cameron Rose
Alastair Paisley
Steve Burgess

Ian
Ian on January 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm

A photo taken before closure here:–

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woody
woody on January 23, 2008 at 5:32 am

and also a distance shot taken from arthurs seat showing the roof of the odeon and its vast size
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/2213029334/

woody
woody on January 23, 2008 at 5:31 am

photo taken jan 2008
exterior close up showing where “new victoria” letters once were
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/2212245741/
exterior
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/2213034168/
exterior
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/2213042462/

and some from 2004
lobby
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/63378417/
lobby door and lights detail
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/63380103/
exterior – in use as a festival venue Pod Deco
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/63378416/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 1, 2007 at 8:43 am

A set of eight vintage photographs of ther former New Victoria/Odeon cineam, courtesy of the Cinema Theatre Association archives:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 18, 2007 at 1:40 pm

A vast collection of vintage and current photographs with some more history can be found here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 18, 2007 at 8:57 am

A vintage photograph of the New Victoria Cinema playing the Gaumont release programme in September 1949:
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A vintage photograph of the Odeon playing the Rank release in April 1971:
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