Description: Odeon Cinema
Date Listed: 21 August 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 33265
OS Grid Reference: ST3213061299
OS Grid Coordinates: 332130, 161299
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3467, -2.9759
The following buildings shall be added to the list;
WESTON-SUPER-MARE REGENT STREET
ST3261NW 11/85 Odeon Cinema
Cinema, now adapted to three auditoria. 1935, by T Cecil Hewitt. Reinforced
concrete structure faced with faience tile, some black opaque glass, other areas
of ground floor now painted black; slate hangings to vertical surfaces to roof
structures, roof not visible, probably asphalt. A characteristic corner position
with generous quadrant curve to fascia over main doors, and a square tower with
flat slab carried on 12 squat round columns as a vertical statement. Facades
are in paired buff tiles set in basket-weave pattern, with horizontal bands
incorporating green tiles at the parapets. All steel windows, a large vertical
unit to lesser tower adjoining main tower in quadrant, and to each of facades to
Regent Street and The Centre groups of 5 and 3 windows respectively at first and
second floors: all of these the original casements with horizontal bars. Ground
floor has series of plate glass shop fronts, with sets of paired doors around the
quadrant, and under a flat slab to the fascia, now in red plastic. At the far
right end in Regent Street some of the black facing glass ('Vitrolite') remains.
Original lettering 'Odeon' on tower. Backs relatively inaccessible with rendered
The Interior still retains most of the original fittings such as suspended
lighting fittings, and a large octagonal ceiling coffer to the upper foyer; doors
have vision panels with three applied horizontal bars; fluted cornices patterned
grilles over exit doors. The main front stalls and balcony of the auditorium,
with screen and proscenium all seems to be as the original design, with fluted
pilasters and faceted sides to the proscenium. One of the octagonal clocks
remains, as also the theatre organ with the raising and lowering mechanism.
Under the original balcony two small studio auditoria have been inserted, but
with minimal damage to the concealment of the designer's detail.
This is a good representative of the pre-war 'Odeon' style, with minimal
alteration within and without. It holds a vital position on a prominent corner
in the town, in a way not often achieved by corner properties.
Listing NGR: ST3213061299
Source: English Heritage
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