BORG’s very own ‘Restoration Man’

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Having recently shown Channel4’s Restoration Man, George Clarke, round Bradford Odeon, BORG’s Mike Bottomley has been inspired to do his very own restoration job. During a recent visit to the Odeon, BORG were alerted to a room full of old lamps and lighting that had been hidden away in a bricked-up room for over 50 […]

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One step closer…

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Tuesday 2nd December 2014 should be remembered as a milestone date in the Odeon saga timeline; the day that Bradford Council’s Executive Committee voted unanimously for the local authority to enter into a developer agreement with Bradford Live. Lee Craven gave a visual presentation to the well-attended meeting whilst arguing a convincing case for Bradford […]

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The day we’ve all been waiting for…

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Bradford Council’s Executive Committee is expected to give its approval for the local authority to enter into a developer agreement with Bradford Live during its meeting at City Hall at 10:30am tomorrow morning. The meeting, chaired by Council Leader David Green, will be held in the Ernest Saville Room. The public are allowed to attend […]

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EXPOSING T’MUCKY BECK!

Repairs to the beck culvert to the rear of the Odeon have exposed this stretch of the water course to the public’s gaze for the first time in over 100 years. The various warehouses and buildings that had once formed the Quebec Works had stood on the site long before the construction of the New […]

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SITE ACCESS AND OTHER MATTERS

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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

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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.

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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)

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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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