Reel York

Blossom Street,
York, YO24 1AJ

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davepring on June 28, 2017 at 8:21 am

This is good news. I hope Everyman restore the circle foyer and remove the false ceiling to reveal the decorative frieze that has been hidden for decades.

FanaticalAboutOdeon on June 22, 2017 at 6:06 am

Everyman are to buy the lease from Reel, they will take over in August and a genuine restoration/refurbishment is planned this time from September to December.

Everyman’s plans for the erstwhile Odeon are mouth-watering. A restaurant and bar will be provided along with reseating, recarpeting and new toilets/rest rooms. Detailed research has enabled new front doors to be made which will replicate the ‘30s originals and at least the largest auditorium will have opulent stage drapes and appropriate lighting.

Judging by what Everyman have achieved with acquired former Odeons at places like Esher and Muswell Hill, there is much to look forward to. Even the contentious and dilapidated Odeon sign high on the façade will have a new lease of life as the central ‘E’ will be restored with red LED lighting as the initial of the new name to complement a white name sign mounted on the canopy edge.

Tickets will be more expensive than Reel and we will get what we pay for, a Blossom Street cinema we can once again be proud of.

FanaticalAboutOdeon on May 14, 2013 at 3:20 am

The capacity given here cannot be correct. The main screen seats around 800, the two smaller cinemas beneath seat around 110 each while the little cinemas, 4 and 5, seat around 35/40 each so, I estimate, something less than 1,100 in total. 1,484 was the capacity given for the Odeon, York at opening and I can only assume someone has transferred this figure in error. A great deal has happened, internally, to this building since 1937 and the “complex” of today is world’s away from the fondly remembered Odeon Theatre.

TLSLOEWS on March 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Thanks for posting the photos Ian and Trousercowboy.Very nice looking theatre.

Trousercowboy on February 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Photos from 2009 here – after the Odeon closed and before The Reel opened:

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davepring on June 25, 2010 at 9:37 am

Screen 5 has a capacity of 35. 3D equipment has now been installed in screen 1 and is due to be installed in screen 2

jbn6773 on March 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Apologies, screen 4 seats 40, the proposed capacity for Screen 5 has not been announced

jbn6773 on March 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Its also understood that further work in Screen 1 will include increasing legroom in the central area of the auditorium, this will be done sometime in the Autumn, the rolling restoration of this cinema will now take about 3 years instead of 2, due to the current financial situation. At least Mr Suri is putting his money where his mouth is. 10/10 so far

jbn6773 on March 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

After opening screen 4 in unused space on the first floor, Mr Suri now plans to create a 5th screen in the former shop space on the ground floor. Although this will only seat 40, it will increase the viewing options and hopefully allow the continued operation of this cinema. The space had been previously been earmarked for conversion into an Indian restaurant and is subject to planning approval. ODEON bosses take note: you can adapt !!!!! rather than call it a day and walk away

cinemad on February 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Hi Tim
All seems good for the Odeon york at the moment ..Reel is a great company.. Kept my local (and favourite cinema) The ABC Newport Wales open beyond its years. Hope to visit the York “Odeon” again soon I last visited In 2002 so another visit is well overdue.
best wishes Tim … Martin

Jlupton on October 27, 2009 at 5:51 am

According to the York Evening Press, there are plans to create a fourth screen in the former Manager’s flat and a restaurant in the former shop downstairs which means the large auditorium using the original Circle will be retained as one space which is good news. There are also plans to use screen 3 as a live performance space in November which is ironic considering Odeon never provided the venue with stage facilities.

Jlupton on August 24, 2009 at 9:38 am

I’ve just returned from a trip to the Reel (I have to stop calling it the Odeon!) and the transformation, compared to the last days of Odeon, is very marked. The whole place feels warm and clean now. The staff are as friendly as ever and were quite happy to plot out the programme for screen one (the original auditorium). Toilets were clean and smelt fresh (unlike the old days) and, overall, it can be well recommended. The auditorium is certainly looking good. The audience were certainly a bit thin on the ground for an afternoon showing of ‘Aliens in the Attic’ but I’m told it can still be filled for the blockbusters. Splitting the main house into two would be a shame after all this effort because it would loose one of the most unique features but the fact that this venue has reopened as a cinema seemed so unlikely to happen at one point that I can only wish Reel Cinemas the very best in this venture and trust their judgement as custodians of this fine venue.

davepring on July 14, 2009 at 7:01 am

Mr Suri is certainly the saviour of many former city centre Odeons and he is to be congratulated on saving York a true art dec jewel.
Now if only he could havr rescued Chester….city centre traditional cinemas if well maintained and updated offer a far superior experience to the shed like characterless multiplexes

TimAddyman on July 4, 2009 at 6:07 am

Apologies about the lack of a news post on the reopening. The cinema re-opened on the 19th of June and I went to the early evening show of Transformers 2 to have a look at what had been achieved in the 2 month refurbishment period.
Although Reel’s plan was to have a total refurbishment of the building before opening, these plans changed in order to get the cinema open asap and bringing in an income. Not that this has meant a botch job, far from it.
The downstairs foyer has been totally refurbished with the creation of a brand new ticket and concessions counter. New signage in the deco style fits in well and elements of the original painted decorative treatments have been revived on the grand double staircase and upstairs foyer.
New toilet facilities have been installed including a disabled one in the main foyer.
The whole building has had a thorough clean up, with carpets, still the Odeon 80’s style, having specialist cleaning treatment. The feeling of walking back into the main auditorium, Screen 1 again after nearly 3 years of being boarded up was brilliant and everything looks fresh,even though for now a lot of the original carpet and seating has been retained.
The seating has been been re-upholstered and is very comfortable although new seats with better leg-room may have been better. Reports in the press state they were re-upholstered rather than replaced because they were listed? Although the building is of course listed Grade II I have my doubts this covers the seating as well, particularly since none of it is original to 1937, the majority I would say were from the 70’s or early 80’s!!
The only current sticking points I would have would be the aforementioned lack of leg-room and also the sound system needs some work. Whilst the sound effects created by such a bombastic film such as Transformers 2 were smashing, when it came to the characters talking there was the old problem of echo and clarity ( a problem carried over from when Odeon ran the complex) I do however think these are just teething problems and should be easy enough to iron out.

Competitive pricing on admission is another sweetener with Wednesdays being only £3.00 all day and over 5,000 have already visited the building in it’s first 10 days.

Further refurbishment will continue and Managing Director Mr K C Suri has announced that he will hopefully be uncovering the former Circle Foyer mural which has lay hidden above a false ceiling for over 40 years.

Hurray for Reel and thanks for bringing this grand old lady back to life. I thought this day may never come.

HowardBHaas on June 24, 2009 at 8:49 am

article about reopening:
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abcman on June 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I would like to congratulate Reel Cinemas on the re-furbishment & re-opening of the former Odeon in York and wish them every success in the future.As a former manager of the Odeon’s one time opposition, the ABC Cinema which stood in Piccadilly (where M & S are now) I am sure the people of York will support you.The Odeon is a fine building.

geoffjc on June 21, 2009 at 11:22 am

It is very good to see how much care has been taken in the restoration of the former Odeon, which I visited in the late 60’s when studying in York. I recall seeing “The Graduate” and “A Man for All Seasons” there but, as I recall, Rank’s programming policy often meant films arrived in York at least a week or two later than other cities.
Let’s hope the people of York support Reel.

Cinefan on June 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Just pointing this out for all the people in York

From news reports I’ve seen, the cinema, now known as Reel York is now open for buisness (SP?).

I’m just the messenger, but I bring good news to people in York, while I, ironically, am not in York.

TimAddyman on June 4, 2009 at 2:59 am

As announced today in the local paper it is hoped that the re-opening of the cinema will go ahead on Friday the 19th of June with a showing of Transformers 2 in Screen 1.

Refurbishment is still continuing with new screens being fitted in all three auditoria this week.

Existing toilet facilities have been replaced completely and new disabled toilets installed in the foyer. A new ticket and concession kiosk has been built and the outside canopy repaired.

I for one am looking forward to see how the grand deco landmark has been given a face lift.

ArronD on June 1, 2009 at 4:12 am

Hello all,

Just thought I’d mention that about 4 weeks ago I had a conversation with one of the builders carrying out repairs on the Odeon’s canopy. As well as mentioning what Tim has told us about the overall refurbishment of the cinema, the builder also mentioned that screen 1 would be getting a DIGITAL PROJECTOR!

This is great news as a digital projection system in screen one, would be EPIC, giving the overall experience of watching a film in there a huge boost. Although I’m guessing they’ll still have the 35mm projector in use too.

As for screens 2 and 3, I’ve heard they are sticking with 35mm film projectors. This isn’t that bad as they may upgrade at some point to digital, but if the screens remain the same size, there may not be much point. What screens 2 and 3 REALLY need are new surround systems. When I worked there until its closure, screens 2 and 3 were still working off Dolby Pro Logic (or the cinema equivalent) which didn’t sound that great.

I doubt Screen 1 will get a new surround system because it only upgraded to Dolby Digital in 2003 (just in time for the matrix sequels) And it sounded great (Shame the films weren’t, lol)

Anyway, hope this is interesting to someone, it’s going to be an emotional day when that place re-opens.

Best Regards,

Arron D.

TimAddyman on May 31, 2009 at 5:52 am

Thanks Martin.

Latest news is that they are hoping for a reopening in mid June once the initial redecoration has been completed.

Personally I can’t wait for a peek inside and to start watching films there again.

cinemad on May 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Hi Tim

So glad to hear that the odeon in york has had an apparent saviour in “Reel” cinemas. they are a great company. they took on My local cinema some years ago (ABC Newport Wales) and struggled for the last year and a half, but didnt give up until they had to.
Hope that they succeed with the Odeon York. I visited the cinema in 2002 and loved it even though it was in a bad state of repair it still had alot of original features.

best regards

TimAddyman on May 17, 2009 at 9:27 am

Hopefully yes, To be honest the announcement caught me on the hop as although I knew there had been workmen in the building I didn’t realise they were getting it together so fast.

I can see why of course to get it ready for the onslaught of the summer blockbusters.

Their latest plans for exterior have been to apply for 4 signs showing their Reel cinemas brand name, whilst retaining the original Odeon sign over the main facade. Three for the canopy and one illuminated one which they want to attach to the fins on the tower front.

I’ll let you know Ian when I have a definate answer. They can be elusive :¬)

Ian on May 15, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Any chance of getting inside for some photographs?