Hot Topic: Odeon changes win support

The upper lobby.

The upper lobby. - Credit: Archant

THE Mercury treated readers to a behind the scenes look at the changes being made to Weston’s Odeon cinema last week.

The national chain has spent about £250,000 on bringing the historic site into the 21st century with new seating, better sound proofing and an electronic ticket booking machine to make queuing a thing of the past.

The old stained glass window, pictured, has also been brought back into view after removing an internal wall.

Odeon bosses have made no secret that the work is designed to ensure it remains a long-term fixture in the town, with Cineworld due to open a new multiplex at Dolphin Square.

But with that McLaren Life-led project struggling to get off the ground, news of the Odeon’s commitment to Weston has been welcomed by users of the Mercury’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Sara Redding said: “I love the Odeon, if we ever do get another cinema, I would never use it!”

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Andy Bartlett added: “We love it. If we don’t make use of it we will lose it!”

Many readers felt the refurbishment programme was much-needed.

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Kelly Murch said: “So glad they tore down that wall and have restored the beautiful window and other original features.

“This is an historic building, it needs a lot of care and attention to keep it going but it’s been shabby and rundown for a long time.”

And Andrew Varney summed up the improvements perfectly when he said: “One of Weston’s best buildings. Good to see businesses investing in the town.”

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