Archive | March, 2013

Bond girl glamour at Bradford Odeon


When Odeon 3 began screening films in the former ballroom on 23rd June 1988, the Gala Opening was “by invitation only”. The original Odeon Twins were closed for the evening. The special guest star was former Bond Girl Caroline Munro and the new 244 seat cinema was officially opened by The Lord Mayor. The first […]

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New BORG & Odeon supporter, Victoria Wood!


We are proud to have one of the funniest UK comedienne’s supporting BORG and the campaign to save Bradford Odeon.  Victoria Wood CBE (born 19 May 1953) is an English comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director. Wood has written and starred in sketches, plays, films and sitcoms, and her live comedy act is interspersed with her own compositions, […]

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Exhibition featuring Beatles at the Gaumont


I got a lovely surprise from my folks recently who have been day tripping to Liverpool. They’d been to the Beatles exhibition (free admission) at the new Pier Head exhibition space, and returned bearing a gift of some framed prints of the Beatles performing at the Gaumont in ’63/64.  A beautiful collection of rare photographs […]

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BREAKING: Executive Committee Purchase Approval with terms.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING – 12th March 2013 The Council’s Regeneration Director Barra MacRuari presented the report to the Committee and referred to the findings of the associated structural surveys. He explained that the information had been available publicly in line with the agreed levels of transparency that were now applied to the Odeon. The key […]

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Odeon fan wins prize fund!


To commemorate the second birthday of the New Vic in September 1932, a special competition organised jointly, by the theatre and newspaper, took place. The public were invited to create as many words as possible from the eleven letters that formed the name NEW VICTORIA so long as they paid an 1.5p competition entry fee, […]

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Even the Royles want to save the Odeon!


Knock it down? My A***! We all know that would be Jim Royle’s view on saving our beloved Odeon. We are honoured to have support from the Royles to add to our long list of celebrity support for BORG and the campaign to save the Bradford Odeon. Eric Tomlinson (born 26 September 1939), known by his […]

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Fraud & Maud.


First there was the Odeon Crusader, then this week there was Bradford’s very own Caped Crusader but it soon turned out that this particular Batman had a criminal past almost worthy of a Super Villain!!!!! (as reported by some media publications see link below). Proof that nothing’s as it seems… a bit like Maud Marshall’s […]

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Bradford Odeon Survey Results Released to BORG

The findings of White Young Green’s recent structural survey have been made available to BORG. We are naturally heartened by the fact that whilst the building still looks a bit sorry for itself, the survey reports on how “the overall condition of the structure is reasonable and sound.”  The major structural issues concerning the steel […]

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BREAKING NEWS, Bradford Council set to buy Odeon!

BREAKING NEWS!!!! Council set to buy Bradford Odeon  Bradford Council is set to accept the transfer of the former Odeon building from the Homes and Communities Agency for £1. A report to the Council’s Executive on Tuesday March 12 asks members to agree to the transfer and then look at commerically viable ideas submitted for future use of […]

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You can’t ‘Bury’ the past!


Recently my parents visited the Art Picture House in Bury, which I just had to share with you! This old cinema has been very sympathetically renovated by pub chain JD Wetherspoon. It retains many original features and is a lovely place to call in for a drink or bite to eat after visiting the famous […]

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