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Church bids to be saviour of Odeon building

posted 19 Aug 2010, 05:05 by David Rintoul   [ updated 19 Aug 2010, 05:19 ]

A historic city cinema could be rescued from demolition by a church which plans to revive it as a picture house, theatre and community venue.

The Odeon in Newington has lain empty since it closed in 2003 and the development company which owns it wants to knock down part of the building to make way for a 231-bed hotel, restaurant and artists' studios.

Now an offer by Elim Pentecostal Church to buy the cinema for £1.8 million has raised hopes the B-listed property in South Clerk Street could have a new future.