Which movies did you see at the Odeon in Ipswich? Matilda or Pete’s Dragon?

The former Odeon building in Ipswich

The former Odeon building in Ipswich

Although the new Odeon building next to the Ipswich Regent may have been vacant for the past 11 years, it was once the place for blockbuster movies.

Mecca Bingo in Lloyds Avenue, Ipswich

Mecca Bingo in Lloyds Avenue, Ipswich

The five-screen cinema, which had opened in 1991, closed in 2005 and recently sold at auction by Savills.

The Odeon remains boarded up

The Odeon remains boarded up

The cinema replaced the former Odeon cinema in Lloyds Avenue, Ipswich, which was built in 1936, the building is now occupied by Mecca Bingo.

Elliot the dragon at the Odeon Cinema in December 1978

Elliot the dragon at the Odeon Cinema in December 1978 - Credit: Archant

Here we look back at the history of the original Odeon as we reach O in our A-Z review of the history of Ipswich.

Elliot the dragon at the Odeon Cinema in December 1978

Elliot the dragon at the Odeon Cinema in December 1978 - Credit: Archant

The photos above show a fiery dragon being towed past the Odeon to mark the Disney release Pete’s Dragon.

Kangaroo outside Odeon Cinema in February 1979

Kangaroo outside Odeon Cinema in February 1979 - Credit: Archant


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And here a boxing kangaroo helps draw crowds to another new release - Matilda, featuring a boxing kangaroo.

Kangaroo outside Odeon Cinema in February 1979

Kangaroo outside Odeon Cinema in February 1979 - Credit: Archant

Were you one of the children taking on the kangaroo?

Kangaroo outside Odeon Cinema in February 1979

Kangaroo outside Odeon Cinema in February 1979 - Credit: Archant

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Here we see Sir Bobby Robson being officially presented with the film reel of the FA Cup winning match in 1978.

Presentation for Bobby Robson at the Odeon Cinema in May 1978

Presentation for Bobby Robson at the Odeon Cinema in May 1978 - Credit: Archant

Sir Bobby had lead his team to victory that season, eventually beating against Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

Presentation for Bobby Robson at the Odeon Cinema in May 1978

Presentation for Bobby Robson at the Odeon Cinema in May 1978 - Credit: Archant

He is seen here signing autographs during his visit to the Odeon.

Queues for tickets to see Max Boyce at the Odeon in February 1980

Queues for tickets to see Max Boyce at the Odeon in February 1980 - Credit: Archant

These photos were taken in 1980 and show fans of Max Boyce queuing for tickets outside the Odeon.

Queues for tickets to see Max Boyce at the Odeon in February 1980

Queues for tickets to see Max Boyce at the Odeon in February 1980 - Credit: Archant

Let us know if you can be seen in the queues.

Do you remember any famous showings at the Odeon?

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Earlier this week we featured old photos of Northgate High School, see here and last week we featured Miss Anglia.

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