Odeon Milton Keynes
The Point, 602 Midsummer Boulevard,
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Famous in the history of British cinema as being the first purpose built multiplex cinema to be built in the UK. The 10-screen AMC-The Point opened on 23rd November 1985 with a Royal Premiere of the Harrison Ford film "Presumed Innocent" which was attended by Sarah, Duchess of York.
Built for and operated by American Multi-Cinemas, it has a foyer section, designed in the shape of a pyramid, hence the name ‘The Point’. The supporting struts were originally edged in red neon. The structure containing the auditoriums is just a plain block. Also in the complex is a Gala Bingo Club located under the cinema foyer entrance, a nightclub and cafes and restaurants.
In December 1988, it was taken over by UCI and re-named. In April 2003 it was leased to easyCinema, operated by the budget airline easyJet, when a policy of taking bookings only online and charging a minimum admission, created interest, but turned out to be a failure. In May 2006 it was taken over by Odeon Theatres. Seating capacities in the screens range from 248, down to 156.
The Odeon was closed on 26th February 2015 with “Kingsman, The Last Service” being the final film in one its auditoriums. There had been hope that the cinema would be given a Grade II Listed status due to its historical relevance and the UK’s first multiplex cinema, but it was turned down by English Heritage. It will be demolished and replaced by new shops and leisure facilities.
Milton Keynes now has a new 16-screen Odeon Stadium + IMAX, located at the MK Dons Stadium, which has an IMAX screen and two screens equipped with Atmos sound. It opened on 27th February, 2015.
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