Odeon Bishop Auckland

Tenters Street,
Bishop Auckland, DL14

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terry
terry on June 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm

My apologies. I knew of Alan Smith (via Walter Aylen of Bishop Auckland Odeon and Creswell Watson of Shildon Essoldo where he had worked as a projectionist prior to Bishop Auckland).

He did indeed die tragically in Bournemouth (a drowning incident). Apologies to Ken Close also whom I knew very well at Halifax who had worked at Bishop Auckland with Walter Aylen. The two did indeed look very similar!

carraway
carraway on June 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm

the presentation in the piece by terry is being made to alan smith a projectionist about to change to management sadly he died in a tragic accident while at bournemouth odeon

terry
terry on March 21, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Image uploaded to photos section.

terry
terry on February 16, 2016 at 12:03 am

3 photos uploaded including a very rare shot of the auditorium.

Also one taken on the Front of House in the 1960’s:– Manager, Walter Aylen is on the left making a presentation to Assistant Manager, Ken Close as he transferred to another Rank Theatre. Walter was a seasoned Rank Manager who started at the Palace Sunderland (a Gaumont theatre) in the 1930’s. I knew Ken as Manager of the Odeon Halifax when I used to take over as Relief Manager at the ABC in the same town in the mid 1970’s where we had some good times. I heard from Ken recently and he is still alive and well and living in Halifax.

terry
terry on February 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm

A preview of a fine watercolour by Bishop Auckland artist, Gaz Miller has been uploaded to the photos section…..

terry
terry on February 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Article re the Majestic (Odeon) Bishop Auckland :–

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/history/10737118.A_Majestic_history/

terry
terry on October 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Photos uploaded to relevant section.

terry
terry on December 25, 2008 at 9:22 pm

There was a third ‘sister’ Majestic theatre in West Hartlepool (now simply Hartlepool); the Head Office for all three (Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Hartlepool)was in High Row, Darlington.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 14, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Here is an updated link to the 1970’s exterior photograph of the Odeon Bishop Auckland, posted on Sept 14, 2005:
http://www.mawgrim.co.uk/cavalcade/bishauck.jpg

guyver1
guyver1 on February 21, 2007 at 3:41 pm

What a shame this was great cinema, I went as a kid in the 80’s but such is progress.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 14, 2005 at 2:00 pm

A 1970’s exterior view of the Odeon Biship Auckland here:
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