Odeon calling

PUBLISHED: 10:46 10 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 06 May 2010

SIR – Hello again. Remember me from back in the summer of 2008 when I wrote and told you about my trial at a council planning meeting on June 9? On that evening I was condemned to death by demolition so as to build 14 flats, with councillors voting seven

SIR - Hello again. Remember me from back in the summer of 2008 when I wrote and told you about my trial at a council planning meeting on June 9?

On that evening I was condemned to death by demolition so as to build 14 flats, with councillors voting seven to three against me.

Some pretty nasty things were said as I told you, with no one really standing up for me despite the pleas made by my chum from the Civic Society.

Well, I'm still hanging on in there - thanks to that nice man James over in Berkhamsted who looks after my cousin Rex there.

It seems that something called the Credit Crunch and a lull in the property market may have come to my rescue.

My owner hasn't gone and flattened me (excuse the pun) but put me up for sale instead.

Enter the man from the Rex. He and some friends have made a bid to own me and bring me back to life again so I can start showing you lots of films once more.

I'm very grateful to the Civic Society for continuing to stand by me and to a young lady called Alexandra and her friends who came forward to offer support and encourage others to do so too.

A public meeting was held at cousin Rex's on Sunday, November 29, to discuss my rehabilitation. The place was packed out with standing room only. 'House Full' as they used to say. I'm overwhelmed.

Thank you so much. It certainly goes to show that the councillor who said at my trial that no one wanted me back as a cinema is still as wrong now as he was then.

I know I'm not off the danger list yet. But I've been given a chance that I hope everyone can agree with.

There really is film heritage here in St Albans worth conserving.

Please do all you can to support me. I'd love to welcome people to my opening night and to many, many more movie performances.

THE ODEON

(with help from Eric Roberts again, Fishpool Street,

St Albans)


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