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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Taken on October 8, 2006