Oadby Cinema

12 London Road,
Oadby, LE2 5DG

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Oadby Cinema

Located in the outer Leicester district of Oadby. The Oadby Cinema opened in 1937 with Will Hay in "Good Morning Boys", and was built and operated by the owner of the Magna Cinema, Wigston Magna and the Lawn Cinema, Birstall.

The centre of the facade had a slim tower feature centrally located, which carried the name of the cinema. Inside the auditorium, seating was provided in stalls and circle levels.

The Oadby Cinema closed in 1981 with Burt Reynolds in "The Cannonball Run". It was converted into an undertakers/funeral home by A.J. Adkinson & Son, who were already operating from a building next to the cinema. The original Art Deco style facade has now been modified beyond recognition.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm

“Cannonball Run” what amovie to close a grand old theatre on.Did a film like that even do box office over there?

czechpavel on August 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I was second and became chief operator at the Oadby beginning 1940 Paul Salz

Richoadby on October 25, 2017 at 2:22 pm

During the late 1970’s I was a part time projectionist at the Oadby cinema. We had two Peerless Magnarc projectors. When the original Exorcist film was released one of the other projectionists refused to run it so I did. I grew up going to the Oadby cinema, me and my friend used to watch many horror films there. Richard Blackburn now 70 years old.

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