Sunday, 29 November 2009

the Rex, Berkhamsted, Sunday 29 November 2009...standing room only for the meeting to rescue the Odeon..

Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Odeon is not just worth saving because we want a proper cinema...but also because it is on the site of maybe the first cinema (as we know them) in the country..the Alpha Picture Palace built by Arthur Melbourne Cooper, local cinema pioneer , in 1908. More about him in the future.

He also had his Alpha Studios just over the road. In 1996 the BFI put this notice on the side of Telford Court to mark the place. If you're anything like me you've probably walked past it '0000's of times without noticing it.... so here it is...

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

it's not all lifeless dereliction round the back...look carefully into the undergrowth......

Sunday, 22 November 2009

the Odeon, on Saturday night, 21 11 09, a weekend of drenching rain, heaviest downpour ever recorded in U.K.....

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Monday, 16 November 2009

St Albans Odeon in all its sad vulnerable prerestoration seedy glory