Theatres Trust Conference

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Our Director, Lee Craven recently  spoke at the Theatres Trust conference regarding the plans for the Odeon in a session entitled “Thinking Like Developers,” when he outlined his vision to reopen the building as a 3,500-seat / 4,000-standing live venue

The Bradford Live Project

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Bradford Live is delighted to have passed Stage 2 of the Odeon process.  We see the result as a vindication of the hard work our team has done for over three years.  But there is still more work to do before the former Odeon can be assured of a viable long term future.  Our architect… Read more »

Bradford Live names its Trustees

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Bradford Live was set up to find a long term viable solution for the much loved Odeon building.  There was and is no profit-seeking motive behind Bradford Live: it exists for the Odeon and to promote live music and entertainment in Bradford generally.  Up until recently, our focus has been on the plans for the… Read more »

Countdown begins to save Bradford’s Odeon Cinema

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Bradford's former Odeon Cinema

TWO rival groups bidding to turn a run-down former cinema building into a live music venue have been given eight weeks to prepare their cases. 05/12/13 Bradford Council, the new owner of the former Odeon in the city centre, last night invited “expressions of interest” in developing the building. The authority is hoping to sell the… Read more »

Developers sought for former Odeon building

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The Odeon building

Would-be developers are being sought for Bradford’s iconic Odeon building after it changed hands for just £1. 15/11/12 Bradford Council has now officially bought the beleaguered former cinema from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The Council even took to Twitter yesterday to invite prospective developers to come forward. The HCA has also sold the… Read more »

Former Bradford Odeon building sold for £1

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The building in question

The sale of a former cinema and concert hall to Bradford Council for £1 has been completed. 14/11/13 The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) said it had transferred ownership of the landmark city centre Odeon cinema back to the council. The 1930s venue, which played host to acts including The Beatles, has been derelict since… Read more »

Groups set to submit Odeon bids

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Council to invite proposals for former cinema takeover 04/11/2013 Submissions from groups which want to rejuvenate the former Odeon building in Bradford city centre will be invited in a matter of weeks once the council takes ownership of the site. Bradford one and Bradford Live both have plans for the venue and both were invited… Read more »

Campaign groups get first look inside Odeon

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A community group says it is confident a derelict cinema in Bradford can be transformed after being given its first look inside the building. The Bradford One group wants to turn the former Odeon into a cultural centre with live venue, cafes and shops, whilst Bradford Live wish to renovate the building solely into a… Read more »

Glimpse of a happy ending for Odeon

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HCA executive director David Curtis pictured with the Odeon

Council offers takeover if secures agency funding. 06/03/2013 Bradford Council is set to take control of the disused Odeon cinema in the city if it can secure millions of pounds from a government agency. The deal would be a significant step forward in settling the future of the building which had hung in the balance… Read more »

Vision for Odeon – boost city needs

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Plans to turn building into a 3,500-seat live music venue are welcomed at launch A vision to return Bradford’s former Odeon cinema to its former glory and create a 3,500-seat live music venue was warmly welcomed yesterday. Local businessman Lee Craven unveiled his plans and introduced the team of experts who have helped him in… Read more »

Plans for new £15m concert venue unveiled

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13/12/12 An ambitious proposal to turn Bradford’s disused Odeon cinema into a 3,500 capacity live music venue will cost between £15m and £19m, it was revealed yesterday. Lee Craven, a local businessman, has spent two years and around £50,000 of his own money to find a viable use for the building before it becomes too… Read more »