Imran Hussain MP Labour MP for Bradford East
During a recent visit to ongoing restoration works of the Bradford Odeon, Bradford East MP, Imran Hussain, has expressed his excitement for the reopening of the Odeon next year
Originally opening in 1930 as the largest ‘picture palace’ in England outside London, the Bradford Odeon site in Bradford City Centre has been abandoned since closing its doors in 2000 and has faced numerous threats of demolition before Bradford Live, now in cooperation with the NEC Group, were awarded a contract by Bradford Council to re-develop the building.
Imran has been involved in the restoration plans for the Bradford Odeon since the very beginning, lobbying Ministers for additional funding for the project, which was ultimately granted in the form of £4 million of Government support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in March 2018.
However, whilst the redevelopment and restoration of the Odeon has faced additional difficulties with new challenges uncovered during the process of stripping the building due to the age of the structure, the Odeon is on course to reopen over 20 years after it closed next year, well in time for the celebrations taking place as Bradford hosts the UK City of Culture 2025.
Under Bradford Live’s current plans, the Bradford Odeon will be transformed into a mid-sized, live performance venue, and has been backed by some of the music industry’s most well-known acts, including Status Quo and the Kaiser Chiefs who have all declared that the Odeon is set to become a key location on the UK touring circuit
Speaking on his visit to the Bradford Odeon, Imran said:
“Long before it fell into disuse and disrepair, the Bradford Odeon, its magnificent architecture and its distinguished history have been one of the crowning jewels of Bradford City Centre, and I’m incredibly excited to see the Odeon well on its way to reclaiming that former glory.
“As we approach Bradford’s moment in the spotlight as UK City of Culture in just two and a half years, the Odeon’s success and redevelopment as one of the most important aspects of the successful bid is also more important than ever in cementing our place as the cultural capital of the UK.”