Haven Cinema

South Square,
Boston, PE21 6JU

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Haven Cinema

Located on the corner of South Square and Ducksfield Lane in Boston, Lincolnshire. Built for Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain, the Odeon opened on 18th August 1937 with Vivien Leigh and Conrad Veidt in “Dark Journey”. It was designed by Harry Weedon assisted by Budge Reid out of the architectural firm Harry Weedon Partnership Ltd. The Odeon had 1,087 seats in the stalls and 525 in the circle. It was taken over by the London based Classic Cinemas chain and was re-named Classic Cinema on 10th December 1967. It was taken over by an independent operator and re-named Haven Cinema on 2nd December 1981. The stage was enlarged by bringing it forward into the auditorium and storerooms at the rear were converted into dressing rooms. A series of live pop concerts were held including a sell-out performance by Tina Turner. The Haven Cinema was slightly damaged by a fire caused by a discarded cigarette on 15th May 1987. The film showing was Tom Cruise in “The Colour of Money”. The cinema never re-opened and over the next few years suffered from vandalism and became home to pigeons.

The cinema was demolished in January/February 1999 and in 2000 the site was used as a car park. In July 2003 a doctors' surgery was built on the site, which opened in March 2004.

Contributed by Harry Rigby
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