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Odeon Buildings and Odeon Cinema

A Grade II Listed Building in Chester, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.1927 / 53°11'33"N

Longitude: -2.8932 / 2°53'35"W

OS Eastings: 340422

OS Northings: 366549

OS Grid: SJ404665

Mapcode National: GBR 79.2ZP5

Mapcode Global: WH88F.J0JR

Entry Name: Odeon Buildings and Odeon Cinema

Listing Date: 7 February 1989

Last Amended: 6 August 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376369

English Heritage Legacy ID: 470364

Location: Cheshire West and Chester, CH1

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Electoral Ward/Division: Chester City

Built-Up Area: Chester

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Chester, St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text

SJ 4066 NW; 595-1/1/292

Nos. 1-5 (consec)

Odeon Buildings and Odeon Cinema

(Formerly Listed as: NORTHGATE STREET Odeon Cinema)




Cinema and five lock-up shops. 1936. Designed by Harry Weedon and
his chief assistant Robert Bullivant, adapted in detail to
harmonise with its setting. Steel frame on reinforced piers
clad in hand-made brick; green glazed-tile roof to Hunter

EXTERIOR: on a prominent corner site, the entrance, foyer and
south side of the auditorium are to Hunter Street and the
shops with two storeys of ancillary rooms above are to Northgate
Street. The fronts to both streets are of blue brick with
banded rustication to entrance canopy level, and largely buff
brick above. A tower at the street corner one storey higher
than the rest of the building and towers at both ends of the
auditorium have shaped vertical ribs; the south face of the
auditorium has raised brick bands above canopy level,
surmounted by the glazed tile roof between the false towers.
The entrance and foyers, between the corner tower and the
auditorium, has four pairs of plain glazed double doors, a canopy
with programme advertisements and a tall window to the upper
foyer of seven rows of three panes in a raised brick panel. The south
side and west end of the auditorium each has two pairs of exit
doors; three tiers of triple 3-pane windows in the false tower
west of the foyer; three tall narrow windows of seven panes in the
Hunter Street face of the corner tower. The shops, one in the
corner tower facing Hunter Street and four facing Northgate
Street, have modern shop fronts of no interest. Each of the two
upper storeys to Northgate Street had four horizontally
proportioned windows of three lights of three broad panes.

INTERIOR: the foyer survives little altered with Art Deco
solid bowed balustrades and partitions and ceiling light
fittings. The auditorium has been divided, principally
affecting its lower parts; the large upper auditorium retains
the full former dimensions in plan, the original lighting,
Odeon clocks, wood veneer dado, decorative ventilation grilles
and proscenium reveals.

Listing NGR: SJ4042266549

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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