BORG have been inundated with requests from several people in recent weeks, all seeking access to the interior of the Odeon building. Some wanted to take photographs, others simply wanted a nostalgic wander through a cinema they once knew and loved. Please note: BORG ARE NOT IN ANY POSITION TO FACILITATE SITE VISITS. The building […]

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Odeon Works – LATEST


The stripping out of fixtures and rubbish from inside the Odeon will conclude this week. BORG has been able to share photos of these works with you throughout the past eight weeks thanks to the generous co-operation of Bradford Council. The next round of works will be to the beck culvert situated at the rear of […]

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The return of Dal Stevens to the Gaumont Ballroom.


THE RETURN OF DAL STEVENS TO THE GAUMONT BALLROOM… There has been much media publicity generated by the recent “uncovering” of the Gaumont Ballroom ceiling. Nostalgia for this architectural feature within the Odeon building has been equally measured against the expressed hopes of many to see this amazing ceiling incorporated into the designs of Bradford […]

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Tony Cutts (1940-2014)


TONY CUTTS (1940 – 2014) BORG are extremely saddened by the news of the death of Tony Cutts, the Ace Projectionist. He was 73 years old. If anybody ever deserved the accolade of being called Bradford’s ‘Mr Cinema’, it was Tony. Tony Cutts’ cinema career began in January 1956 at the Morley Street Picture House […]

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Unveiled at last!!!


Mark Nicholson and Mike Bottomley of BORG marvel at the splendour Words cannot explain how breathtaking this unobstructed view of the ballroom ceiling really is when you are stood beneath it! Photographs simply don’t do it justice. You have to see it to believe it. The workmen have done a marvelous job whilst demonstrating complete […]

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It was 50 years ago today…


  On Friday 9th October 1964 The Beatles paid their third and final visit to the Bradford Gaumont. The occasion also marked the 24th birthday of John Lennon, who famously autographed the dressing room wall to commemorate the event. As had been the case with their previous two visits, this Gaumont appearance was the first […]

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During a site visit with Bradford Live last week, Mike Bottomley and Mark Nicholson of BORG asked Bradford Council to make two holes in the false ceiling of the entrance lobby at the bottom of the Thornton Road tower. BORG had held a belief since 2006 that something wonderful might have been hidden away above […]

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Happy Birthday New Vic!


  Today is Monday 22nd September… Monday 22nd September was also the date when Bradford’s New Victoria first opened its doors back in 1930, so join BORG in wishing this magnificent building a very Happy 84th Birthday. Here’s to many more!  

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George Clarke issues statement on Bradford Odeon…


In July 2014 BORG had the pleasure of giving Channel 4′s Restoration Man, George Clarke, a guided tour of the Odeon’s interior. George requested to be kept up-to-date with developments, and today he has issued us with the following statement… Amazing news about Bradford Live being able to progress their exciting plans for the former Bradford Odeon. […]

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An inspiring restoration


Lee Craven of Bradford Live has shared an email with BORG that he had recently received from an interested party who also shares his penchant for cinema/theatre restoration. We were so excited by what we saw in the email that we had to share it with you! The El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles is […]

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