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Cinema news roundup (January 2014)

Cinema news roundup (December 2013)

Odeon West End approved for demolition

Despite strong objections from English Heritage, the Odeon West End - formerly the Leicester Square Theatre, opened in 1930 - is to be demolished and replaced by a new hotel complex. The new building will incorporate a two-screen cinema. Note that this is not the flagship Odeon Leicester Square.

Cinema news round-up (October / November 2013)

Hammersmith Apollo re-opens after extensive restoration

The famous Art Deco live music venue - formerly a Gaumont / Odeon cinema - has had many of its period features restored. Article and photographs in the Daily Mail.

The venue's own website also includes a small gallery of the restoration.

Senator Theatre, Baltimore, re-opens after extensive refurbishment

This beautiful Art Deco cinema was in the same family for 70 years before it was forced to close its doors in 2009. Following an extensive refurbishment (part-funded by the City), it has re-opened. Additional screens have been installed to help it remain competitive, but it still has a 700-seat main auditorium.

Conversion of old cinema to feature on C4's Grand Designs

The episode of Channel 4's property development series Grand Designs to be broadcast on Wednesday 4th September 2013 will feature the conversion of the decaying 1920s Old Kensington Picture House cinema in Thorne, South Yorkshire.

Cinema news round-up (June 2013)

Art deco cinemas saved from demolition

BBC News has published a brief article and video (approx. 3 mins 15 secs) about the rescue of The Rex cinema, Berkhamsted, and the newly-named Odyssey (formerly Odeon), St Albans, by campaigner and enthusiast James Hannaway. The 1931-built Odyssey is evidently going to be a massive restoration project but there are hints of how magnificent it will be once complete. The video shows the steel framework associated with the tripling, in the 1970s, of the cinema. This has already been partially removed, returning the main auditorium to full size.

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