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The cinema was named the Drake, a name made famous by a former mayor, seafarer and citizen of Plymouth, Sir Francis Drake. The large model of a sailing galleon on front of the building was a replica of one used in the Spanish Armada from 1588.
The Drake Cinema was built, owned and operated by 20th Century Fox from its opening on 5th June 1958, until 26th March 1961, when it was taken over by the Rank Organisation and became one of their ‘Odeons’. The single screen cinema had a seating capacity for 1,639 in stalls and circle levels.
The Drake Odeon was tripled in March 1975, with seating for 946 in the stalls and two screens in the former circle, each seating 168. Closed in October 1999, it was demolished in 2002 and a Grosvenor Casino was built on the site, opening in 2003.
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