Bradford Odeon Archive

Bradford Odeon
The Gaumont

The materials in this collection relate to former site of the Bradford Odeon/Gaumont on Godwin Street. The collection primarily covers two periods of refurbishment of the building - firstly, the period of refurbishment that occurred after Odeon Cinemas took over ownership of the building (1968-1969), and secondly, the installation of a third screen in the former New Victoria/Gaumont ballroom in 1988.

The collection includes architectural drawings and floor plans, designs for signage and panels in the buidling, technical drawings, installation plans, manuals for cinema equipment (particularly projection and sound equipment), operating logs, and minutes for site meetings during the second period of refurbishment. It is particularly rich in materials relating to sound and lighting and cinema equipment as well as floor plans and layout designs. There is also a large amount of information about the building's ventilation system.

The instruction manuals and operation documents relate to equipment produced by manufacturers including Arri,Thorn Lighting, Shure Microphones, Hants and Dorset Lighting Ltd, Philips, Strand Lighting, Pye Laservision, Ushio Profile, Rank Audio-Visual, Cinemeccanica and Xenon.


Six clamshell boxes containing approximately 260 individual components
Access is given in accordance with the NMeM access policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through the museum’s Insight facility.
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