Saturday, 22 May 2010

Back to the Future at the Odeon

The development proposals for the Odeon Cinema in Clerk Street have been turned down. The Scottish Government at long last gave the their reporter's decision yesterday and it can be found here.

The reporter decided that not all the alternatives to partial demolition were fully explored and hence the community is back to the beginning in getting life and vitality into this important site in the Southside community. The full report can be found here.

I will comment in further posts in the next few days on the process and the actual decision. In the meantime, previous posts can be accessed from here.

2 comments:

moonbucket said...

I grew up nearby, and visted the Odeon regularly. Would hate t see us lose such an interesting building.

Incidentally Mr Rose, would you know who one would have to contact to be allowed inside the building? I would love to photo-doc the inside before it's altered (assuming it remains much as before). It would be a shame not to record this fine building for future generations to see, at least in photographic form.

ScottishCinemas said...

"I would love to photo-doc the inside before it's altered (assuming it remains much as before). It would be a shame not to record this fine building for future generations to see, at least in photographic form."

The owners are Duddingston House Properties; you'd need to contact them about access.

You can see a detailed photo survey of the interior from 2005, when the building was open as a venue for the Festival, here:
http://www.scottishcinemas.org.uk/edinburgh/newvictoria/

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