Odeon Hanley

Trinity Street,
Hanley, ST1 5LA

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David Rayner
David Rayner on March 1, 2016 at 12:49 am

In March, 1954, the Odeon was chosen to present the North Midlands Premiere of the first film in CinemaScope, THE ROBE. Equipment costing thousands of pounds was installed there for the presentation of CinemaScope films complete with a wide screen with moveable masking and four-track magnetic stereophonic sound. As the Odeon didn’t close for this installation, it must have been done at night over several nights and in the mornings and a three weeks long engagement of the film began on Monday, March 8th, 1954. The next landmark in the history of the Odeon occurred some five years later when it closed for two weeks for the installation of an even bigger wide screen and equipment for the showing of 70mm Todd-AO films. The opening presentation of the newly installed system being SOUTH PACIFIC, which opened on Monday, July 13th, 1959, and ran for an incredible seventeen weeks. However, the Odeon’s biggest hit was THE SOUND OF MUSIC, which opened in 70mm on Boxing Day, 1965 and ran for an even more incredible 46 weeks!

Mr_BTH on April 26, 2015 at 12:23 am

I have the 2 Philips DP70 Todd-AO Projectors from this cinema.

Ian on December 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

A photo of the shuttered Odeon from 1989:–