Odeon Bradford

Prince's Way,
Bradford, BD1 2BS

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madorganplayer on December 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Ive just seen a programme with Michael Portillo about the Odeon.Apart from the Ballroom,the auditorium looks as if theres nothing left to conserve.

MarkFromBORG on May 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Message to scoombs… was your father Harry Hines?

scoombs on April 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm

My father was the chief projectionist until 1964. I would like to follow the progress in restoration

70mmbobbyj on July 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

There was a report on BBC news about George Clarke visiting the cinema to share his views about this amazing space. {no pun intended.}

Mike_Blakemore on July 10, 2014 at 3:23 am

This is a very difficult Project as there is already a Fine Theatre in Bradford.. “The Alhambra” The Lottery Fund only gives money Providing other monies are obtained.. Another place to look is the EU communities Fund… Good Luck..

bertie09 on July 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Please don’t lose the odeon, Can I just say as a matter of thought,With it costing millions, Cant the Lottery fund step in and help, I cant see why not, Its an icon, Try your best, And hope it stays.

70mmbobbyj on May 9, 2013 at 3:01 am

It is reported that the council HAVE now purchased this building for the princely sum of £1-00.

CSWalczak on June 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

In spite of all the gloomy reports about the Victoria/Gaumont/Odeon over the last several years, the building is still standing.

Here is a revised link to Colin Sutton’s extensive history of the theatre, with pictures.

And here is a link to the site of Bradford Odeon Rescue Group which advocates for an appropriate renovation of the theatre. They publish an occasional newsletter, and there are links on the page if one wishes to view it.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 27, 2010 at 11:21 am

Vintage photographs of the New Victoria Cinema, and its Wurlitzer organ console;

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

A vintage photograph of the New Victoria Cinema in 1931, soon after its opening:
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Mike Rogers on June 30, 2010 at 6:28 pm

You guys have such beautiful theatres and really great stories to read.

Cinefan on November 25, 2008 at 10:28 am

Posting 3 times in a row… I just know there’s something wrong.

But I come with good news, for those who live in Bradford and want to save this building anyways.

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Yes, you are reading that right. To be more justified, English Heritage is not allowing the New Victoria scheme to go ahead, including full demolition of the New Vic/Gaumont/Odeon. Now, if only BORG would submit their plans if a review period is set up again, instead of letting some ‘heartless’ developer come up with some smart alec solution that would involve destroying this as a cinema.

Cinefan on November 21, 2008 at 11:25 am

I’ve been putting this off, so better to take the stake to the heart now than later.

Bradford New Vic/Gaumont/ODEON has been refused listing and is doomed, here’s a link.
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Since I don’t live in Bradford, my opinion does not count and therefore, I resent my ‘Save this building’ comments here. They can do much better on the ODOEN/Paramount Newcastle which I’m near.
My guess is that BORG will do the dangerous and walk on the site, preventing the demoliton staff from destroying it. Then again, BORG knows not to do anything dangerous.

I didn’t inform BORG about said above article on my last comment and I will refuse to inform them about this, since I don’t live in Bradford and I’ve never been in the building properly.

Cinefan on September 29, 2008 at 11:45 am

Better look at this

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The council are allowing demolition of this grand picutre palace. It’s a case of them saying they can’t do it yet they can. In this case, they say that this cinema is unreparible, yet it can be listed and saved.

Totally unexcuseable.

I’ll be informing BORG about this.

cinemajames on September 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Just don’t think about the two new [horrible] small screens – look at some of the photos above. We should all look for the main auditorium [bingo], the ballroom and the restaurant; all of these areas have false lowered ceilings with original decorative plaster and decorations above.
English Heritage should look at all these areas/points before they say it is not worth listing!
And remember, it’s the New Victoria or Gaumont NOT the Odeon – the Odeon-built Odeon was on Manchester Rd 600 mts away.

Best regards to all

Cinefan on September 19, 2008 at 9:35 am

The Bradford Odeon could be saved. Check this newsbit out.

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If they say that it’s worth it, perhaps this could be saved. Although, they could say no and say that Demo is ok. And considering the changes done, I highly doubt the future of this building. I mean, screen 1 and 2 are pretty bare.

Ian on May 1, 2008 at 1:01 am

The condition of the former Odeon continues to deteriorate. The frontage onto Princes Way is looking particularly poor now, after the removal of the lightbox and canopy. Photos from April 2008 here:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 30, 2007 at 3:31 pm

Two vintage and one current photographs of the Odeon, courtesy of the Cinema Theatre Association archives:
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edgey2001 on August 1, 2007 at 7:15 am

These links show the state of the Odeon internally that were taken last year. Many thanks to converse1.

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Mikebsc on July 15, 2007 at 5:16 pm


This weekend saw a demonstration held by Bradford residents to oppose the demolition of the cinema.

Images in the link below.

cinemajames on December 2, 2006 at 3:00 am

I just cannot believe this great building was not listed. I was the assistant manager here for a couple of years in 1962. my first film was Dr Caligaries Coffin – 3282 seats and total ads for the week were about 600!! It was run in those days with two enourmous Coke Boilers for all heating ect., with a full time boilerman. A real Cine/Theatre with beautiful foyers, a large Cafe and a big Ballroom -do look at Colin Suttons site [see above] it just shows what we are all going to miss forever

LouiseC on December 1, 2006 at 6:12 am

According to the latest CTA bulletin, the old New Victoria building will be demolished after last ditch plans which would have retained the towers have been rejected.

cinemajames on March 14, 2006 at 1:06 pm

What a wonderful site created by Colin Sutton – the detailed facts are superb!
Just for the record between 1961 and 1964 David Wilmot was the GM – this was the true hayday of one night stands – in 1963 the beatles one night [two performances] sold out [6564 seats as it was then]in 2 hours 40 mins with 10 ticket selling positions – I know I was Davids Assistant Manager!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 14, 2006 at 12:32 pm

Thanks for the address of Colin Sutton’s website. To make a linl work on here you need to leave a couple of spaces or type the link on a new line. Here it is again in it’s ‘clickable’ form:
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benrayner on March 14, 2006 at 10:59 am

here is Colin Sutton’s website full of info and pics including original New Victoria interiors etc. etc. <http://www.kingsdr.demon.co.uk/cinemas/newvi3.htm#intro> ben 14 Mar 06