Hull's Odeon cinema has been boarded up - and this is why

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Jul 2018

Hull’s Odeon cinema is currently boarded up - prompting worries it has been closed down.

But thankfully it is actually set for a major refurbishment which will see luxury reclining seats and new screen layouts.

The Kingston Retail complex is Hull’s oldest having been around for the best part of 30 years. Now, a building control application submitted to Hull City Council has been accepted.

In the application it states: “Internal alterations with internal changes to cinema screen layouts with full refurbishment and new services to existing ten screen multiplex cinema complex forming new concession area with toilet facilities.”

This what new luxury reclining seats look like at Odeon in Birmingham

There have been tweets posts showing the cinema boarded up prompting concerns it might be closing.

However, the Odeon will remain open during the refurbishment with screens one to six remaining open while the other four screens are closed.

An Odeon spokeswoman has confirmed the refurbishment will take place but has remained tight-lipped about the full details.

She said: “We are currently undergoing extensive refurbishment at Odeon Hull, including new luxury reclining seating, to ensure our guests experience the very best in cinema entertainment. We’ve plenty more exciting news in the pipeline, so watch this space.”

A number of Odeon complexes have been turned into Odeon Luxe cinemas with luxury seating, more leg room and a wider range of snacks.

The foyer area at the Odeon cinema in Kingston Retail Park, Hull (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

Birmingham recently opened its new Luxe cinema while the Odeon in Sheffield is also being transformed into the new luxury brand.

It is not clear at this stage if the Hull one will be turned into a Luxe cinema but many will welcome the revamp with Trip Advisor customers claiming it looks old.

SpringsteenFan99 fan said: “This cinema is really showing its age, and needs a major overhaul to bring it in line with local competition. The entire experience was grim.”

Redfeed also said: “This cinema is very dated and has smaller screens than newer cinemas. Dirty in places and broken seating. The whole place requires a major upgrade.”

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