|Odeon Birmingham New Street|
Side view of the cinema from New Street railway station (c.2012)
|Former names||Paramount Theatre (1937-42)|
Odeon Theatre (1942-91)
|Address||139 New St |
Birmingham B2 4NU England
|Opened||4 September 1937|
|Owner||Odeon Cinemas Group|
|Design and construction|
|Known for||Concert venue (1955-88)|
The Odeon Birmingham New Street is a cinema and former concert venue, located in Birmingham, England.
It originally opened in 1937 as the Paramount Theatre, featuring a seating capacity of 2,439. It was built on land made vacant by the removal of King Edward VI School to its new home in Edgbaston.
The cinema received its current name in 1942after it was purchased by Oscar Deutsch's Odeon Cinemas chain. During the 1970s and early to mid-1980s it was a very popular venue for concerts. Iron Maiden performed here in 1980, 1981, 1982. In 1988 the auditorium was divided into six screens (with two further screens installed in other parts of the building during the early 1990s), ultimately forming an eight screen multiplex with an overall seating capacity of 1,732.
The rear aspect of the building occupies a striking position overlooking the railway tracks at the southeastern approach to New Street station.
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