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Leisure plans submitted for Edinburgh Odeon

December 19 2012

Leisure plans submitted for Edinburgh Odeon
Duddingston House Properties, has submitted tentative plans to transform a derelict former Odeon Cinema on Edinburgh’s Clerk Street into a leisure and entertainment complex, just months after selling a similar former Odeon property in Glasgow.

The Instant Arena plan follows abandoned efforts to transform the venue into a hotel and would entail refurbishing the main art deco auditorium into a space into a venue for cabaret alongside the addition of a champagne bar, restaurant and coffee lounge.

It would also see two ground floor theatres would be retained for screenings of events, game shows, talent competitions and concerts, whilst an old stage house to the rear would be demolished to make way for student accommodation.

Historic Scotland upgraded the former cinema, currently on the Buildings at Risk Register, to A listed status in April.

Previous plans stalled over requests to gut the cinema, raising hopes that this latest plan could break a decade long deadlock.


Edward Harkins
#1 Posted by Edward Harkins on 19 Dec 2012 at 14:41 PM
Best of luck to them ... unfortunately Glasgow is now loosing its landmark city centre Odeon - there again has to be admitted that the Glasgow one is not in the same classic Odeon style as this Edinburgh one.
#2 Posted by wonky on 19 Dec 2012 at 16:01 PM
In the words of the great Edinburgh Philosopher "Spud": ...'your leisure is our pleasure'.

And all these things will come to pass.
#3 Posted by wonky on 20 Dec 2012 at 14:07 PM
The Renfield Odeon is a classic Art Deco design on a bigger scale than this- admittedly Grade A listed Clerk St version- I prefer the scale and the design of the Renfield Odeon as an example of Art Deco design.
By the way it is only the vast brick exterior behind the frontage that is to be lost...its actually a more sympathetic design than the original.

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