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Just off Fitzalan Square and now a Mecca Bingo Hall - what was the name of the cinema that used to be here?

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The Odeon. Opened July 19th, 1956  with “Reach For the Sky” and closed as a cinema 5th June,1971 with a double bill of “Carry on Up the Khyber/Jungle”. It opened as  Mecca Bingo,the following day.

 

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On 01/05/2018 at 21:54, rover1949 said:

ODEON

As a child I remember the steel framework being there long before the Odeon Cinema was completed. I was told that the building of the Odeon started in 1939 but was stopped because war broke out.

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That is correct. The building was halted when war broke out. It was a very different building to the one that appeared later. It had one of those huge tower “fins”, typical of Odeons of the time.

I’m glad they changed the plans as they did. The Odeon was a beautiful cinema...... the first post-war one to be built, with state-of-the-art projection and sound.

My Dad took me on its first Saturday, to see “Reach for the Sky”.

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