Darlington’s Odeon cinema is now boarded up after it closed for the final time at the end of June.

Workmen have now moved in to board up the doorways at the historic Northgate venue which closed its doors to the public on June 30.

Last month, The Northern Echo revealed that Odeon planned to close the cinema after more than 80 years, putting a dozen jobs at risk.

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The venue then closed just two weeks later on June 30 to the disappointment of the town’s cinema-goers, putting the future of the iconic building in doubt.

It is not currently known what will happen with the building or whether there are any plans in place to change its use.

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The Northern Echo has contacted Odeon to ask their plans for the building.

When the closure was announced a spokesperson for the cinema firm said: “We are disappointed to announce the closure of our Darlington cinema.

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“This decision was not taken lightly and followed a thorough review of all possible options.

 “We are hugely proud and appreciative of the hard work from the ODEON Darlington team over the years and we will be consulting with each colleague to support them.”

Darlington and Stockton Times: Picture: DANIEL HORDONPicture: DANIEL HORDON

The cinema was opened in December 1938 as The Regal cinema at a cost of £50,000 and ran as the ABC, the Canon and MGM before being taken over by ODEON.

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It replaced the Theatre Royal, which had been first built in 1868 only to be demolished in 1873, rebuilt in 1881 only to burn down in 1883, to be restored once more and last until October 10, 1936.


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