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Located on the corner of Crescent West and Runnymead Road, in Cleveleys, a northern suburb of Blackpool. It was a cinema taken over in the course of construction by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain. It had a lot of the hallmarks of the circuit, in particular the faiance tiling, a cafe and a parade of shops (five here) along the side of the cinema. The Odeon opened on 24th November 1934 with Gracie Fields in “This Week of Grace”.
It was designed by architect George E. Tonge and had 1,156 seats, only 256 of which were in the small balcony, the remaining 900 in the stalls. It was a very streamlined auditorium with ribs of plaster rising up the walls and across the ceiling – but decorative only, as they did not contain concealed lighting.
The Odeon was closed by the Rank Organisation on 7th January 1961 with Virginia McKenna in “A Town Like Alice”. It became a live theatre for a few years until it became an independent bingo club in 1965 along with the new name of Orion. It going strong for many years, and had a spectacular display of neon above the corner entrance. Sadly, it was closed suddenly in October 2009, and was demolished in June 2010. An Aldi supermarket was built on the site and opened in 2012.
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