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    Apollo (former Odeon) cinema Stafford. Designed by Roland Satchwell, opened in 1936. Tripled by Hutchinsons Leisure in 1981, bingo in largest screen (former stalls) 1988-1990 then returned to film.

    Stafford Odeon / Astra / Apollo
    A scanned negative

    1. CoffeeCypher 113 months ago | reply

      I am not sur but this photo is quite old, isn't it?
      I can recognize the Cinema but not the environnement!

    2. stagedoor 113 months ago | reply

      Yes it was taken 20 years ago.

    3. Fly Talk 90 months ago | reply

      Its an odeon now,i was born in stafford,its a lovely art deco building.I can remember in the early 70's going to the saturday morning picture show,i was only 7.A man used to get on the stage in screen 1 and throw sweets into the audience all the kids went mad!
      Many happy times,thank for the picture!

    4. ingramchris38 45 months ago | reply

      Celebrates its 75th Anniversary on October 5th 2011. The only original Odeon Cinema with ground floor rear stalls projection. Built by Bryants to a design by Roland Satchwell who contributed to the designs of many Clifton Cinemas in the Midlands.

      Longest serving Chief Projectionist was the late Ray Faulkner who spent 37 years of his life there before it was tripled in 1981. Ray then moved up the road to the Picture House for the next eight years before it closed to become a Wetherspoons pub which Ray was invited to open by cutting a piece of 35mm film and enjoying the first pint. Both the former Odeon and the Picture House are well worth a look. Enjoy.

    5. DizDiz 38 months ago | reply

      This cinema is still The Apollo, with 3 screens - 2 are upstairs. The cinema had a minor refurbishment a few years ago and I thought that the grotty seats would be replaced. Nope! However, there's a lounge area with huge squishy sofas in the space between the two upper auditoria.
      The exterior of The Apollo hasn't improved much, if at all, but at least we still have a cinema in Stafford. I only went to The Picturehouse once, as I'm a relatively newcomer to Stafford Borough [22yrs] and then The PIcturehouse closed, to be turned into the aforementioned Wetherspoons! [ironically, the same thing happened after I went to The Plaza in Rugeley just the once!!].
      The cinema is sited at the busy junction of Newport Road [on the right] and Bridge Street, where 'stagedoor' was standing. The Grapes pub is still on the corner out of the scene on the right.

    6. Stevecollection2008 22 months ago | reply

      Its part of the Curzon Group now - you have to surf the Curzon web site for the latest listings, they had a link up with the British Museum for a live show of the Pompei exhibit.

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