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ABC Brighton

Opened in 1930 by Associated British Cinemas and followed the trajectory typical of ABCs, finally closing in 1999. The cinema was unusual in that it had a second entrance on the seafront (not pictured here; see CinemaTreasures for pictures). The building subsequently hosted bars and clubs. A full record of the history of this building appears at BrightonFilm.com.

ABC Savoy Brighton, 2006 - exterior
ABC Savoy Brighton, 2006 - exterior
ABC Savoy Brighton, 2006 - exterior detail
ABC Savoy Brighton, 2006 - exterior

Hippodrome Brighton

Mainly used as a theatre, but this has a place on the BrightonFilm.com list as it showed films at weekends, so we'll make an exception. Later acquired by Rank's Mecca Bingo - an odd purchase, given that Rank had four Odeon cinemas (excluding the multiplex) in the town which it chose to demolish rather than convert to bingo.

Hippodrome Brighton, 2006 - exterior (scaffolding)
Hippodrome Brighton, 2006 - exterior (scaffolding)
Hippodrome Brighton, 2006 - mosaic detail

Granada Hove

The Granada, Hove, opened in 1933 but wasn't actually a part of the Granada circuit. It was instead one of a pair of cinemas leased by Granada's owners, the Bernsteins, to a separate operator entirely. It was eventually acquired by ABC who kept the Granada name - an odd decision, given that ABC and Granada would have been bitter rivals at the time. Note the large fly tower, implying a significant emphasis on live performances as well as film.

Granada Hove, 2006 - exterior
Granada Hove, 2006 - exterior
Granada Hove, 2006 - exterior detail
Granada Hove, 2006 - exterior front facade
Granada Hove, 2006 - exterior side
Granada Hove, 2006 - exterior rear including fly-tower
Granada Hove, 2006 - exterior side and rear

Duke Of York's Picturehouse

Opened in 1910 and still working as a cinema today, the Duke Of York's has a strong claim to being Britain's oldest continuously-operated cinema. A full record of the history of this Grade II listed building appears at BrightonFilm.com.

Duke Of York's Picturehouse, Brighton, 2006 - exterior
Duke Of York's Picturehouse, Brighton, 2006 - exterior
Duke Of York's Picturehouse, Brighton, 2006 - exterior detail showing "legs"
Duke Of York's Picturehouse, Brighton, 2006 - BFI centenary plaque

ABC Astoria Brighton

Opened 1933; closed 1977 and subsequently operated as a bingo hall until 1997. A full record of the history of this Grade II listed building appears at BrightonFilm.com.

ABC Astoria Brighton, 2006 - exterior
ABC Astoria Brighton, 2006 - exterior
ABC Astoria Brighton, 2006 - exterior

Bradford Odeon's £1 sell-off: A landmark decision?

BBC News Leeds & West Yorkshire feature article on the sale of the landmark former Odeon / Gaumont / New Victoria Cinema to the City Council for a nominal sum. Having been derelict for a decade, repeatedly threatened with demolition, explored repeatedly by urbexers, and damaged by vandals, the Council now plans to retain some or all of the building's structure in any future development of the site.

See also BBC News article on the sale.

Cineworld's takeover of Picturehouse chain faces probe

BBC News story. Cineworld's acquisition of Picturehouse, announced in December 2012, has been referred to the Competition Commission.

Mixed views as Odeon cinema housing plans unveiled to public

Gloucestershire Echo news report covering the unveiling of new plans for the derelict Odeon Cheltenham site. "It is tragic to see the inside of the Odeon and it would have been nice to see something done with it, but I think its moment has gone."

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Odeon Guildford

The Odeon Guildford was a relatively plain brick building, built into the hillside at the top end of the High Street. It had illuminated classical-style friezes by Joseph Hermon Cawtha above the main entrance - a design theme echoed within the auditorium. The friezes had a rather playful quality about them: rather than showing actual classical scenes, for example, one showed a saxophonist with a couple dancing. Originally, the brickwork was patterned and there was ornate patterning in the four vertical recesses of the front facade: the impact of this faded over time.

Odeon Guildford - Joseph Hermon Cawthra bas-relief 1
Odeon Guildford - Joseph Hermon Cawthra bas-relief 2
Odeon Guildford - Joseph Hermon Cawthra bas-relief 3
Odeon Guildford - Joseph Hermon Cawthra bas-relief 4

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