Edinburgh cinema to star in its own sequel
April 19 2013rejuvenate a derelict Edinburgh cinema by turning it into an 'instant arena' are back in contention after plans to re-establish the theatre as a public venue were approved.
The Clerk Street Odeon harks back to a more genteel age with its art-deco architecture and ‘Greek’ style auditorium and sky ceiling, but has gradually succumbed to decay following its closure a decade ago.
To finance its refurbishment Duddingston House Properties and 7N Architects are to build 102 student bedrooms on land to the rear of the property. including the site of an existing fly tower, making the transformation of the A-listed cinema financially viable.
Faced in a white render frame with polished concrete panels the new facade is intended to be sympathetic in scale and proportion to existing tenements with a rear courtyard elevation finished in brick, a conscious nod to the existing cinema.
These plans entail turning the main auditorium into a space for cabaret with a champagne bar, restaurant and coffee lounge. Secondary theatres would be configured to accommodate the screening of major sporting events and concerts.
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