Classic Morecambe

210 Euston Road,
Morecambe, LA4 5LE

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Previously operated by: Classic Cinemas (UK), Odeon Theatres Ltd., Rank Organisation

Architects: W. Calder Robson, Harry W. Weedon

Firms: Harry W. Weedon Partnership

Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Deco, Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Odeon

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Odeon Morecambe

Like many of the original Odeon Theatres built by Oscar Deutsch, the site chosen was a little out of the main town centre, (where land prices were cheaper), and the Odeon Morecambe is a good example of this. It is located at the corner of Euston Road and Thornton Road in this Lancashire seaside town. The Odeon was opened on 2nd September 1937 with Sandy Powell in “It’s a Grand Old World”. It had seating provided for 1,084 in the stalls and 476 in the circle.

Taken over by the Classic Cinemas chain in December 1967, it was re-named Classic Cinema, and was closed on 28th February 1976 with Kenneth Williams in “Carry On Behind”.

The stunning Moderne style exterior much of which including the projectionists walkway is now much deteriorated. As it is not in a prime location, it is not seen by many tourists to this once popular Lancashire seaside town. Now part of a dime a dozen DIY hardware store chain.

Contributed by Gordon Leek, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

gordonl on February 5, 2006 at 1:38 pm

Warning! shameless self plug! – I’ve many pictures of this fascinating building some of which I’ve included for a calendar on sale at

Still way overdue for listing…

cinemajames on February 5, 2006 at 2:07 pm

Dear Gordon
Share your excellent photo of this cinema [the artdeco looking upwards to the walkway] by posting it to the ‘add a photo’ at the top of this page.
Many thanks in advance?

gordonl on February 6, 2006 at 5:28 pm

I’d love to but the feature is offline every time I try. It seems the only way is to post a link to another site hosting the pictures.
I’ll get around to doing this one day!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 6, 2006 at 5:40 pm

Gordon, I purchased your excellent calendar. Would you like me to scan and post the photos?

gordonl on February 6, 2006 at 6:26 pm

Many thanks KenRoe plesae feel free to do so, meantime… here’s some from last feb including the monsterous carbuncle (NOTE BIG FILES!)
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gordonl on February 6, 2006 at 6:29 pm

Ooh ‘eck! I’ve tried to be too clever – backspace away the <br> in the above links back the end of the .jpg – sorry

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 6, 2006 at 7:18 pm

Thanks Gordon;
Here are 3 of your photographs taken from your calendar “Former ODEON Cinema buildings of Lancashire – Calendar 2006:
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Ian on September 15, 2006 at 4:34 pm

And another 1992 picture of the exterior as a store here :

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annmark61 on March 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I’m looking for information re “Edwin Peacock” (my husbands Grandfather)who I believe was a cinema manager?? here during the 1940s. He started out as a “Theatre Lighting Electrician” in Runcorn Cheshire 1911, was in Ffestiniog, Wales 1919-1920, Brierfield Cinema Pendle Lancs 1932, and lastly he was at the Ambassador in Salford. There is also mention of the Odeon Manchester but no idea when this fits in. Any information or pointers would be very,very much appreciated.
Thanks very much

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