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Lee at Theatres At Risk launch

This week The Theatres Trust unveiled its annual Theatres At Risk Register, which includes Bradford’s former Odeon cinema within its 35 entries. Television personality Dara Ó Briain, a long-time champion of unused cinema and theatre buildings, made the following statement at its launch: “This is a list of 35 theatres, from all over the country, […]

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NEC Group to partner with Bradford Live

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The announced partnership of Bradford Live and the NEC Group is not only another exciting step towards the delivery of the plans to bring the Odeon building back into use, it is undoubtedly a significant step. With over forty years’ worth of success, the NEC Group are the perfect operator to provide concert-goers with their […]

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The failed bid to construct a high-rise block of student flats above a nightclub to the rear of the Odeon has recently been dusted off by a different developer in a revised planning application. The block of flats may well be not as high as previously proposed, but it would still be high enough to […]

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Thankyou Cllr. Dave Green

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It should be noted that upon becoming leader of Bradford Council in May 2012, one of Councillor Dave Green’s first proclaimed committments was to end the embittered mess surrounding the Odeon that had dogged local politics throughout the previous decade. Cllr Green was already known to BORG for being a long-standing champion of the Odeon’s […]

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Pashley.

John Pashley (right) chatting to Norman Littlewood. ‘Pash’ was well known in Bradford for the many causes he generously supported including, of course, the saving of our Odeon. His tenacity to the cause and his wisdom and knowledge as well as his enthusiasm contributed greatly to our success. When things were not going well for […]

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A little respect…

The Bradford Odeon Rescue Group [BORG] has, as its members, people of political beliefs, and none and we believe that to be one of its strengths. At no time during our successful campaign to save the Odeon did we promote any particular political view, nor did we court support from only one political party. One […]

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A late Christmas gift!


Beneath the stage of the Gaumont cinema is a suite of rooms. These were bricked up and sealed off when the theatre was converted into Odeon Twins and Top Rank Bingo in 1969. During recent stripping out works, Bradford Council opened up these rooms and remnants of the theatre’s distant past were discovered within, including […]

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Another false ceiling comes down…


As was exclusively revealed by BORG several weeks ago, a long-hidden piece of the New Vic has now been exposed following the removal of the Top Rank Club ceiling. The second round of stripping out works taking place this month has finally reintroduced the surviving section of the circle balcony to the auditorium stalls for […]

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BORG’s very own ‘Restoration Man’


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…


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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