Leicester Athena

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Leicester Athena in April 2010

Athena, formerly an Odeon Cinema, is a conferencing and banqueting venue in the cultural quarter of Leicester City Centre, England.

History[edit]

The landmark building was originally designed in 1936 in the Streamline Moderne style by Robert Arthur Bullivant as an Odeon Cinema.[1][2]

When it was first opened, the Odeon was one of the most extravagant and largest buildings in the region, seating 2,182.[2] The terracotta panels, which feature mermaids, were hand-moulded by William Neatby at the Lambeth premises of Doulton and Co.

The interior was subdivided in 1974, into three small cinemas, and closed in 1997.[1][2] The building was later converted as a venue for corporate and social events.

Athena has now been open for more than a decade[when?], retaining much of the original decor. It has been hosts to artists including Olly Murs, Roy 'Chubby' Brown and Jim Davidson.[citation needed]

The building has been Grade II listed since August 1997, giving it protection from unauthorised modification or demolition.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruddy, Austin J (13 July 2017). "Leicester's Odeon building still makes a big impression". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "THE ODEON THEATRE, City of Leicester - 1245137| Historic England". Historic England. Retrieved 5 February 2018.

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Coordinates: 52°38′7.0″N 1°7′37.3″W / 52.635278°N 1.127028°W / 52.635278; -1.127028