Stafford Cinema

3 Newport Road,
Stafford, ST16 2HH

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machineage on December 20, 2017 at 10:26 pm

I’m sorry to report the cinema has now closed. It has been placed on the market for £750k. The future doesn’t look good.

Mike_Blakemore on July 3, 2017 at 2:10 am

The conversion into a Triple was designed and carried out by Modernisation Ltd., The Freeze – Greene company.

DaveJ on July 2, 2017 at 3:49 am

I totally agree with Chris regarding Ray Faulkner. His knowledge of projection was second to none and a really nice person.His help in my early years as a projectionist at the Apollo was invaluable. Much missed.

michaelbrent on January 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Curzon Cinemas have taken on full operational management and programming of the Apollo Stafford cinema from the previous owners, Vue Cinemas.

They plan to refurbish the cinema over the coming months

Chrisingram on June 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

The late Ray Faulkner ‘Mr Odeon’ was a trainee projectionist in 1944 working his way to Chief Projectionist where he spent the next 37 years at this unique Cinema.For the last seven he moved up the road to The Picture House. Ray was everything which this industry has lost,a total and absolute Professional and to see him work in the'box'was a fascinating experience. Brother Eric and Son Ray also lent a hand and Mary was one of the usherettes a position Ray always politely referred to as a pusher. His wicked sense of humour and acerbic wit made Ray one of the nicest persons you could wish to meet and I’m proud to have known and gained so much knowledge from him over the years. You are not forgotton Ray. CHRISINGRAM

Ian on June 15, 2008 at 6:41 am

A June 2008 of the Apollo Cinemas:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 23, 2008 at 7:39 am

A fish & chip shop was allowed to open in one of the retail units. Normally this use for not allowed as the smell of cooking managed to get into the cinema. However, here at Stafford, I believe one of the businesses demolished when the theatre was built, was a fish & chip shop, and the proviso for demolition rested on a ‘new home’ when the Odeon was built.

Ian on January 22, 2008 at 1:58 pm

1986 view here – note where the ODEON letters have been removed from the facade:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Doolally; That is correct. The plot of land was small and was restricted by other adjacent buildings who’s owners were not willing to sell, and be demolished to build a new cinema.

The projection booth was located on the rear stalls level, as this allowed for a maximum seating capacity. The circle seating went to the rear internal wall, which externally is the front wall of the cinema where the large Odeon sign is located on the vintage photographs I posted above.

Doolally on January 22, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Is this the Cinema that Oscar Deutsch referred to as ‘our Drawing Room Cinema’, due to it’s size?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2008 at 10:38 am

Three vintage exterior views of the Odeon:
In October 1949, playing the Odeon release:
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In April 1952, playing the Odeon release:
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In 1969, playing a ‘popular’ release:
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