Tony Cutts (1940-2014)

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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!!!

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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…

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  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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BORG UNEARTH MORE OF THE ODEON’S GLORIOUS PAST

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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!

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  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…

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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

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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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LATEST: Bradford Odeon update

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You may have noticed the sudden appearance of a portacabin to the rear of the Odeon this week. This container is to be a base for the contractors due on site next week when the internal stripping out finally begins. So, should you see any activity at the Odeon towards the end of August, you […]

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Keep all bulldozer keys away from Cllr. Mallinson!

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When Bradford Council made the recent announcement that only Bradford Live had made it through to the third stage of its Expressions Of Interest process, this was one of four possible scenarios that BORG had envisaged. The other three scenarios were: Both Bradford Live and Bradford One being successful at the end of stage 2 […]

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BORG’s take on this week’s news.

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“No matter how disappointed some may be about one particular bid not getting through, really it’s about the Odeon. It’s not about a bid. It’s about bringing that building back into use and not having a ‘white elephant’ in  ten years’ time like it is now. That’s really what we should all be concentrating on […]

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