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Built for Oscar Deutsch as one of his original Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain of cinemas. The Odeon opened on 16th July 1938 with Deanna Durbin in "Mad About Music". The cinema had a large rotunda corner entrance located on Union Street and Broadmead. The facade is covered with cream faiance tiles. Inside the auditorium, the original seating capacity was provided for 1,945; 1,051 in the stalls and 894 in the circle. The decorative scheme was stepped bands of plaster in the ceiling which contained concealed lighting troughs.
The Odeon was closed for two weeks in December 1940, due to bomb damage. It was modernised in 1967, receiving the infamous Rank Organisation ‘Zing’ treatment which removed most of the decorative features. Converted into a triple screen cinema from 27th May 1974 with 844 seats in the former balcony screen and two mini-screens in the former rear stalls seating 108 and 103.
The Odeon closed on 15th October 1983 for a redevelopment of the interior. The former stalls area was converted into a Mothercare store and a new three-screen cinema opened in the former circle area. Re-opening on 13th June 1985 with the James Bond film "A View To A Kill" showing in all three screens. Seating was now provided for a total of 840; with 400, 225 and 215 seats. A new entrance was provided on Union Street and the architect for the re-construction was Donald Armstrong of the architectural firm; Dowton & Hurst.
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