NEC and Bradford Live complete £2m deal for at risk Bradford Odeon

We are delighted by the news that the NEC Group has formally signed a deal with Bradford Live for the operation of the Bradford Odeon, a theatre that has appeared on our Theatres at Risk Register since 2008. This news brings the Odeon ever closer to reopening its doors to the public and to realising Bradford Live’s ambition to see live performance grace the stage of this spectacular cine-variety theatre once more.

The Bradford Odeon opened as the New Victoria in 1930 as the largest ciné-variety theatre outside of London and the third largest in England. The Odeon Cinema closed in 2000 and other than urgent repairs has not been properly maintained. It was added to our Theatres at Risk Register in 2008 and through our planning work was saved from demolition in 2009. We have been working with Bradford Live to realise their ambition to breathe life back into the Odeon.

This is an exciting partnership for Bradford Live, the team behind the restoration of the Bradford Odeon, and a key milestone in securing the future viability of this historic venue.

In January, at the launch of our Theatres at Risk Register 2018, Bradford Odeon was highlighted as a great example of a theatre making good progress when a campaign group works closely with its local authority. It is down to their collaborative approach and hard work that the NEC group, a leading operator, has seen the opportunity in and signed up to the project in its early stages, with a long-lease, and with an investment towards the restoration costs.  

We would encourage all councils and operators to have a similar open mind, to see the theatres on the Theatres at Risk Register as an opportunity, and to embrace and develop creative partnerships to help secure new lives for these much loved local venues.

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Image| Bradford Odeon, Ian Grundy