UCI Solihull

Stratford Road,
Birmingham, B90 4BW

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woody on November 3, 2008 at 4:18 am

PS – it was never on Odeon, it kept its UCI brand until it closed

woody on November 3, 2008 at 3:08 am

The UCI was an odd building as its frontage was at the rear of the building and faced on to the huge car park, away from the road.
Built as a CIC cinema, it was a very solid building with luxurious auditoriums.
It had a central lobby corridor that ran to the back of the building, with four auditoriums off each side.
The front of the building was double height with offices upstairs that were used for the managers, the regional manager and also for training. There were restaurant and bar units on either side of the front doors.
The projection suite was one long booth.
The cinema was very popular and very upmarket. However its market share was gradually eroded by new cinemas in the centre of Birmingham, then by the Virgin at Rubery, and the final nail in the coffin was the opening of the nearby Cineworld in Solihull in a new shopping centre.
Built on a prime piece of land, the UCI after closing was quickly demolished and a BMW dealership was built on the site.
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