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The Odeon Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle, City of Leicester

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6354 / 52°38'7"N

Longitude: -1.1266 / 1°7'35"W

OS Eastings: 459201

OS Northings: 304536

OS Grid: SK592045

Mapcode National: GBR FJK.75

Mapcode Global: WHDJJ.N0QZ

Entry Name: The Odeon Theatre

Listing Date: 27 August 1997

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245137

English Heritage Legacy ID: 468828

Location: Leicester, LE1

County: City of Leicester

Unitary Authority Ward: Castle

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: The Resurrection

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text

SK 5904 LEICESTER QUEEN STREET
(north side)

718/8/10084 The Odeon Theatre

II

Includes: The Odeon Theatre, RUTLAND STREET
Cinema. 1936~38, converted 1974. Designed by Robert Bullivant of Harry Weedon's Office for the Odeon Cinema group. Steel and reinforced concrete with brown brick and faience tiling and flat roofs. EXTERIOR: main entrance at south-west curved corner with 3 steps up to 5 sets of late C20 double doors with projecting modern illuminated sign. Flanked by curved white tile projections with black tile band above. Above centre, 4 white faience tile buttresses with curved tops divide the 5 tall windows each with 25 panes. Flanking curved brick tower to left has horizontal banding and continuous vertical banding across the whole facade. Above set back curved parapet with horizontal banding and ODEON in large red letters. West front to Rutland Street has black faience tile ground floor with 6 brick panels and long brick panel to left corner. Above white tiling with strip of 2 triple windows to right with brick surrounds. At curved left corner a further sign with ODEON in large red letters. Facade topped with horizontal brick banding. North, Southampton Street facade has banded brick ground floor with 5 sets of doors and 2 small windows, above blank brick walls with plain pilaster strips and banded top. South, Queen Street facade has similar brick decoration. INTERIOR: circular foyer survives with some original vertical strips. Original staircase survives with fitted seating in foyer to circle and inner foyer with curved ends and curved coving. Former circular bar re-fitted c1974. Former auditorium now divided at balcony level. Former stalls retain much of original plaster decoration on walls of present outer corridors. Former circle retains seating, layout and ceiling decoration. HISTORY: this cinema was opened on 28th July 1938 with a screening of 'A Slight Case of Murder'. The seating capacity was 2,182, with 1,307 in the stalls and 875 in the circle. The cinema was divided into 3 smaller cinemas in 1974.

Listing NGR: SK5920104536

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