Odeon Cinema, Gunsmith Lane, Burnley, Lancashire

Located on the corner of Gunsmith Lane (today renamed Church Street) and Yorkshire Street. Built and operated by the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. The Odeon Burnley opened on 28th August 1937 with Gary Cooper in "The Plainsman". The facade had a typical ‘Odeon’ house style, with cream faiance tiles and a slender fin tower which had the Odeon name across the top. The auditorium ran parallel to Church Street, and contained seating for 1,404 in the stalls and 732 in the circle. A series of troughs in the ceiling provided illumination, and the main decorative feature was a set of grilles on each of the splay walls beside the proscenium. There was a small stage and two dressing rooms, but these were rarely used. The Odeon had a free car park for the convenience of its patrons.


The Odeon led an uneventful life, and from 1st October 1961, Top Rank Bingo was played on Sunday afternoons, but this never took off. It remained a cinema until it was closed by the Rank Organisation on 17th November 1973, with Inge Hegeler in "The Language of Love"(Ur Karlekens Sprak).


The Odeon was demolished and a Sainsbury supermarket was built on the site, which by 2005, had become a Staples Superstore.

  • David Nutter 5y

    And I always thought it was on Yorkshire Street. Knocked down now, of course. Think it's Staples or something these days.
  • Janet Stansfield 5y

    My, that's going back a bit! Sad to say, I remember it!
  • robert wade 5y

    Nogger, I've only got this, by the Bus Station
    Gunsmith Place, Burnley by mrrobertwade (wadey)
  • David Nutter 5y

    Gunsmith Lane doesn't seem to exist any more. If my memory's right though, the bridge that carries the canal over Yorkshire Street is just to the right of the Odeon in the picture.

    The entrance to the right that you can see is what leads into the car park for Staples and some other stores now. TK Maxx is down there, I think.

    The Odeon doorway used to be a favourite hidey-hole for policemen on nights according to my dad. When they used to do foot patrols, that is.

    Just found this - www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1180949/From-bargain-bin... Scroll down a bit.
  • robert wade 5y

    Brilliant link, thanks, so where is Culert Filling Station in relation to this?
  • robert wade 5y

    Map of BURNLEY OS 1/10,560 (6-inch) Maps - c. 1910 by mrrobertwade (wadey)
  • David Nutter 5y

    The filling station is just to the right on the other side of the entrance.
  • robert wade 5y

    Got it thanks
    The Culvert, Leeds- Liverpool Canal, Yorkshire Street, Burnley (Canal Bridge) by mrrobertwade (wadey)
  • Ken Roe 4y

  • robert wade 3y

    Ken Roe I owe you an apology, only just seen this comment, sorry !
  • TrawdenMan 3y

    Remember my dad taking me here many times when I was a young lad, a tub of ice cream during the interval and a bag of chips (in newspaper) on the way home!
  • robert wade 3y

    Happy days indeed
  • Allan 3y

    I remember thinking that the reels of film were kept in the narrow bit that rose up at the front of the building as a child!

    Completely unrelated but hey ho, does anyone remember the Brooke Bond tea factory on Cog Lane in Burnley? I can remember all the mesh that covered the windows on the lower levels and I can remember that for a while they were packaging (or producing) "lemon Tea" which was a powdered instant tea drink, there was someone that lived on our street that worked there and she used to bring "samples" home from work. Also I believe that Brooke Bond ran a promotion at the factory and there was a guest appearance by the PG Tips chimps. (This may be a story that was made up by parents of gullible children!)
  • robert wade 3y

    Sorry but no, I thought it was at Great Harwood
  • David Nutter 3y

    Allan I don't remember it (the factory) but the Burnley Express does.

    "At one time Yatefield Mill had 26,460 weft mules, 21,088 ring twist spindles and 1,058 twill and plain looms but the owners decided, in 1928, to concentrate on the Colne premises. Yatefield, the name means "gatefield", appears to have then been run as a weaving shed by the Tunstill family and, in the 1930s, may have become a slipper works but Burnley people of a certain age will know the mill became one of the homes of tea blenders Brooke Bond & Co. Ltd from c1945 to 1970." www.burnleyexpress.net/news/cog-lane-s-history-1-1696655

    There's a couple of photos here - oldburnley.blogspot.co.uk/p/accrington-road.html
  • robert wade 3y

    Great link Nogger, thanks

    Cog Lane Railway Bridge, Burnley by mrrobertwade (wadey)
  • robert wade 7mo

    Burnley Guy No.202 on roundabout. Aug'70. by David Christie 14
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