PUBLISHED: 10:14 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010
SIR, — I am writing in support of S. Norwood who made some excellent points regarding the Odeon Cinema site in London Road, St Albans. I was born and bred in St Albans and as such have many happy memories of the Odeon, and what a great place it was to wa
SIR, - I am writing in support of S. Norwood who made some excellent points regarding the Odeon Cinema site in London Road, St Albans.
I was born and bred in St Albans and as such have many happy memories of the Odeon, and what a great place it was to watch a film. It had character by the bucket load with its art-deco interior, and was light years away from the boxy multiplexes at Hatfield, Hemel and Garston.
I now live in exile in the more rural Gaddesden Row and am lucky because I can drive the five miles to the Rex in Berkhampsted in just 10 minutes. And many column inches have already been devoted to how beautiful the Rex Cinema is and these are all true.
The people of St Albans are amazingly lucky that the people from the Rex are seriously considering trying to produce a similar cinema restoration for St Albans, and S. Norwood makes a great point that she would be prepared to make a donation towards the restoration.
All the people who have moaned about the lack of cinema in St Albans for the last 13-and-a-half years should also be prepared to make a donation and that includes me! And it should also include St Albans District Council which has wasted tens and maybe even hundreds of thousands of pounds getting nowhere with their plan to build another boxy, charmless multiplex in Bricket Road.
So come on people of St Albans, the district council and lovers of cinema - with one final big push, letters and emails to the council, we could find ourselves with our lovely old Odeon given the Rex treatment, and what a fine thing that would be.
Gaddesden Row, Herts.
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