Royal Cinema

Birmingham Road and Holland Road,
Sutton Coldfield, B72 1QL

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Mike_Blakemore on July 24, 2023 at 5:10 am

Just a thought The two screens under the Circle took 6 weeks to do the job.

NOODLE2 on July 23, 2023 at 5:03 pm

After seems the Company was hiding something about this cinema,and as usual corporate rubbish was need 9 mths to refurbish before opening. Well many cinemas can be sorted and still be open if done screen by screen.. or at least maybe 1 mth per screen max…by keeping closed patrons found other open cinemas..and for them to sell their car way could the cinema continue. It’s such an iconic building..but any potential operators will be scupperd by the future building of flats..and really I believe sadly the whole place will be demolished for more flats !! Such a waste !

Ian on July 7, 2023 at 11:47 am

Empire Cinemas went into administration on 6th July 2023, so the prospect of this cinema reopening any time soon are now remote

Mike_Blakemore on April 10, 2017 at 4:46 am

Firstly. John Cecil Clavering designed the whole thing. he with Roland Satchwell created Odeon look.. There is no evidence that Weedon designed a whole cinema.. Prior to the Odeon work he was assistant architect at the Harold Seymour Scott practice. Cleaving transferred from the Satchwell & Roberts co., (they were a larger Practice) to become Head architect . 16 cinemas Later Bullivant took his place. Weedon did prepare the budgets for the eighth cinema onwards in the Odeon Chain.

Secondly.. Ambak is correct.. It was designed in a morning. The Rank engineer Mr Poole and Morgonites technical Rep Les Castree along with a Bell and Howell 631 16mm Projector a step ladder. tape measure and chalk Les Castree did rough drawings, which Ranks Architects converted to proper drawings. The big mistake Rank did was not getting Modernisation Ltd., to do the job. So you could here 3 films at once It was a Moore Bird Job.. Noted for sound breakthrough..

Alan Baker
Alan Baker on April 10, 2017 at 2:53 am

The first Odeon to be tripled was Glasgow, an expensive rebuild. Sutton Coldfield was the first of the much cheaper “drop wall” triplings which Rank applied to over fifty cinemas in the following three years.

Matt Harris
Matt Harris on March 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Some great photos from April 1936 of this cinema inside and out at the National Archives here:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 18, 2006 at 7:40 am

A Summer 1971 view of the Odeon Sutton Coldfield:
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An October 2001 colour photograph:
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