ODEON CINEMA

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1225407
Date first listed:
11-Mar-1994
Statutory Address:
ODEON CINEMA, DICKSON ROAD

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Location

Statutory Address:
ODEON CINEMA, DICKSON ROAD

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District:
Blackpool (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SD 30885 36639

Details

The following building shall be added:

SD 33 NW BLACKPOOL DICKSON ROAD (east side)

44- /2/10001 Odeon Cinema

II

Odeon cinema. 1938-9 by Robert Bullivant of the firm Harry Weedon and Partners. Steel frame clad in brick, with white and green faience to front and black faience to lower part of left side elevation. Roof not seen. Rectangular double-height plan with corner tower. Auditorium originally for 1,800 seats in stalls and single circle, with foyers on both levels; subdivided in 1975 to form two 200-seat mini-cinemas and projection box under circle. The main auditorium comprises the original circle, front stalls, proscenium, stage and surrounds. Main facade a series of planes etched with narrow bands, centred on five lancets with metal casements under ODEON sign. Cornice band striped in green faience. Square corner tower set back to right side, also faience-clad, fluted at top under ODEON signs to each face. Original canopy over ground floor. Side elevation of banded brick and tile, stepped down to rear. Ground floor clad in black faience under original queue canopy running the full length of the facade and now a rare feature on a cinema. Auditorium has stage but no fly tower. Proscenium with fluted, streamlined surround, flanked by decorative screens masking ventilation chambers. Ceiling with moulded cyma decoration ascends in six steps from the anteproscenium screen, incorporating two bands of decorative vents and service ducts to pairs of pendant lights. Rear projection box now disused. Original pendant wall-lights, six to either side. Dado panelling and veneered barriers, moulded circle front. Original doors with tiny viewing panes under chrome bars. The front of the stalls with original exit doors but now unseated. Circle foyer retains some original seating but has been repanelled and converted to a bar. Included as a remarkably complete surviving Odeon cinema, with many original features now rare elsewhere.

Sources: Rosemary Clegg, Odeon, 1985. The Ideal Kinema, 22 June 1939

Listing NGR: SD3088536639

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
421772
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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Date: 21 Aug 1999
Reference: IOE01/01659/15
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