Lost Bristol cinemas ...the Odeon, Winterstoke Rd.

The former Odeon cinema, Winterstoke Road, Bedminster Down, Bristol. "...all streamlined curves", says Andor Gomme in "Bristol, an Architectural History", "a really snazzy piece with the air of a gigantic smug bird pushing its breast forward while its wings are demurely folded back and go down the side elevations in long steps". Well you can see what he meant. The cinema converted to bingo in 1961 and is currently some kind of children's play centre. The corner turret has become a handy site for mobile phone aerials. I wish they wouldn't use that horrible corrugated cladding, here applied to the ground floor elevations. The His Majesty's cinema at Eastville has also succumbed to this treatment.

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  • paparatti 9y

    ... that's on my way to work (I live just down the road). I was curious about it's original use and had no idea it was a cinema. Fantastic, especially considering it's such an ugly building now.
  • Moxette PRO 9y

    That's quite an interesting one - or would have been once. Have you seen this website, Mr B? It lists a few in Bristol:
  • dave nola 8y

    the old facade is safe under the cladding i hope waiting to be reborn at a later date
  • celluloid painter 8y

    Hi there!

    I intent to do a small pictorial book titled CINEMA. Can I use this specific image in it? Please let me know at your earliest convenience. Your name would undoubtedly be mentioned.

    If it is ok with you, please send me your consent, the image and brief information like the location (road, street/ city, country etc.) or any point you consider worth sharing.


  • all the other usernames were taken 6y

    such a shame the bulding has been made so ugy, im sure without the masts, billboards, cladding and a lick of paint it would look great
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