Odeon New Street

Odeon New Street


A landmark venue when it opened as part of the Paramount chain – on the site of the original King Edwards School on New Street – with the biggest capacity of any Birmingham cinema at the time and a famous Compton organ which emerged from beneath the stage.

In 1942 it became part of the Odeon chain, and during the 70s and 80s its primary business was as a concert venue hosting the likes of Bob Marley, Black Sabbath, Big Country, U2 and ABBA.

Split into eight screens in the late 80s, and still operates as a cinema today.

139 New Street, Birmingham B2 4NU

Get your own mini Odeon New Street, created by Spaceplay. Visit the shop.

Cyril Barbier’s first date with his wife was at the Odeon New Street. He built a scale model of the cinema, a project which took  28 years, and includes a recreation of the Odeon’s famous Compton organ.

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‘The Day the Music Died’, a news item from 1987 about the closure of The Odeon as a concert venue. 

We’d love to hear about your film-going experiences in Birmingham. From memories of amazing screenings or communal experiences, to grand days out at the pictures or more personal recollections. How has visiting the cinema shaped your life, and your experience of our city?

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