Blackpool Odeon cinema set to be ditched for trampoline park and indoor golf

Proposals have been put forward to convert the Odeon Cinema in Blackpool into a trampoline park, indoor golf course or bowling alley amid speculation the building may no longer be used as a cinema after next year.

According to planning documents, the cinema chain’s lease is due to expire in June 2023, raising concerns that it will not be renewed unless the screens are upgraded to compete with a new cinema complex in construction in the station.

Now Astringer Capital, owner of Festival Park on Rigby Road where the Odeon is located, is applying for planning permission to change the use of the cinema to indoor sports, leisure or fitness with ground floor subdivision to provide four food and beverage outlets. .

Exterior changes would also be made to the building and parking lot.

A design statement accompanying the application reads: “The applicant wants to ensure that the building will remain in active use in the event that Odeon’s lease is not renewed.”

It adds: “The Odeon cinema is at risk of becoming vacant in June 2023. However, the proposals aim to ensure its continued and efficient use, while improving the offer of the Festival Leisure Park“.

The documents say other options include upgrading the screens to the Odeon Luxe brand, but that would then “compete with and attract trade from the new nine-screen cinema that is currently being developed in the downtown core. Houndshill Commercial”.

Work has begun on the construction of a nine-screen cinema, including a premium large-format screen due to open in autumn 2023 as part of phase two of the Houndshill Center on Tower Street.

Austringer acquired Festival Park in 2021 and its plans for the site include developing a new drive-thru Starbucks and completing the stalled bingo hall project.

The 10-screen Odeon Multiplex opened in Festival Park in December 1998, when Jane Horrocks and Brenda Blethlyn attended a VIP screening of their film Little Voice.

It replaced the Odeon on Dickson Road which was bought by entrepreneur Basil Newby and became home to his Funny Girls club.

Odeon was approached for comment.

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