Further update given on work to transform former Odeon into music venue

The team behind the Bradford Live project has given an update on how work is progressing on the project <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
The team behind the Bradford Live project has given an update on how work is progressing on the project (Image: Newsquest)

DEVELOPERS behind a multi-million project to turn Bradford’s former Odeon cinema into a music venue have given an update on work on the building’s ballroom roof.

Bradford Live is due to open in autumn 2023, a delay of a year, in a major transformation of the iconic 1930s building.

The eye-catching structure, which has been a cinema and theatre in the past, has been empty for more than two decades but the Bradford Live project will see the building turned into a 3,800-capacity live music venue.

 

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Bradford Live tweeted an update on the removal of the site’s ballroom roof and what the next steps of the work will be, including a giant temporary roof.

It posted: “The ballroom roof has been removed revealing the rather lightweight structure that supported it.

“This is to be reinforced before a new roof is installed.

“The giant temporary roof protects the well-preserved plasterwork of the ballroom ceiling.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An image of what Bradford Live will look like when work is completed
Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An image of what Bradford Live will look like when work is completed

An image of what Bradford Live will look like when work is completed (Image: Newsquest)

Bradford Live has a long-term lease from the building owner, Bradford Council, and has an agreement in place to sublease it to the NEC Group as operator in what is a 30-year deal.

Opening in 1930 as the New Victoria, it then became The Gaumont in 1950, followed by an Odeon cinema and Top Rank bingo club, before closing in 2000.