Odeon Ipswich

10 St. Margaret's Street,
Ipswich, IP4 2AT

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Operated by: Odeon Theatres Ltd.

Firms: RHWL Partnership

Functions: Church

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Odeon Ipswich

The 5-screen Odeon multi-plex was opened on 22nd August 1991. Seating capacities in the screens were; 506, 318, 290, 218 and 218.

Closed on 21st August 2005, and sold to a property developer. It remained unused and in May 2018 plans were approved to convert it into the Hope Church. The Hope Church officially opened on October 17, 2021.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 4, 2005 at 12:19 pm

The Odeon multiplex opened on 20th March 1991. Seating capacity at the time was for 1,550 in the 5 screens; 506, 318, 290, 218, 218.

It closed on 21st August 2005.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 4, 2005 at 1:58 pm

Designed by the architectural firm Renton Howard Wood Levin Partnership.

Ian on September 4, 2005 at 3:11 pm

This was built in 1991 as a alternative to sub-dividing the next-door Regent Theatre (an ex Gaumont/PCT property which had been renamed Odeon). This glorious building continues on live usage. There was also a purpose built Odeon opened in 1936 in Lloyds Avenue which survives on Bingo.
Odeon (Lloyds Ave) Opened 1936. Tripled 1975. Closed 1982. Bingo.
Odeon (St Helens St) Opened as Regent 1929. Gaumont 1950. Odeon 1987. Closed 1991. Live theatre (back as Regent).
Odeon (St Margarets St) Opened 1991. Closed 2005. Derelict.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 14, 2005 at 9:03 am

An exterior photograph taken in February 1992, courtesy of Jeremy Perkins taken from the Cinema Theatre Association website. Note on the extreme right of the photo is the rear corner of the stage house of the Regent Theatre next door:
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Ian on February 22, 2006 at 11:04 am

Another recent photo here:

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smoothie on February 13, 2008 at 2:03 am

Looks like a “brannie” (brand-newie) of a photo here: http://sephsgallery.fotopic.net/p47184171.html More on that photographer’s page of other defunct cinemas in England.

CF100 on March 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm

A comprehensive video tour of the cinema is available on YouTube, upload dated October 2018. Despite having been closed for almost 15 years, at the time of shooting, it was in a largely intact condition, with only a “soft” strip of fittings; wall finishes, carpets and suspended ceilings are still intact.

Not the grandest of venues, but a rare opportunity to see an “urban exploration” (permission for the tour was granted by Hope Church) of a cinema closed for many years that hasn’t been trashed by vandals, pigeons or water.

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