A last hurray

PUBLISHED: 10:15 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

SIR, — Three cheers and more for S. Norwood who asks if anyone else is interested in making a donation to help bring the former Odeon in London Road, St Albans, back into life as a working cinema for all. Oh yes, indeed. St Albans Civic Society has fought

SIR, - Three cheers and more for S. Norwood who asks if anyone else is interested in making a donation to help bring the former Odeon in London Road, St Albans, back into life as a working cinema for all.

Oh yes, indeed. St Albans Civic Society has fought hard over recent years for the saving and restoration of this landmark art-deco building, and despite the successful planning application by its current owners to have it demolished and replaced with 14 flats, has not given up on the cause. During our campaigns on the streets, we were overwhelmed by the affection the old cinema evoked in residents - and their often-expressed wish to put their money where their affection was.

And now it seems that for the Odeon, the economic downturn could actually be an upturn with the site up for sale and last Monday, January 19, the closing date for bids.

The serious interest expressed by James Hannaway of the superbly-successful Rex Cinema, Berkhamsted, leaves us waiting with bated breath as to the outcome.

If he is successful, expect some form of restoration appeal to be launched with the assistance of the Civic Society. We shall all, including S. Norwood, have every chance to show our financial support.

This thriller story of one cinema's fate could still have a happy ending.

MARION HAMMANT,

Secretary, St Albans Civic Society.

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