• Bid Made For £5 Million To Heritage Lottery

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    Bradford Live has applied to the Heritage Enterprise Scheme (HES), part of the Heritage Lottery Fund, for the £5m towards renovation costs. HES is an impressive scheme that understands how the cost of bringing a heritage building back to life … Read More

    We’re On The List!

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    Bradford Live is delighted to be included in the recently updated Theatres at Risk register compiled by the Theatres Trust – in announcing our inclusion, they said, “There is now genuine recognition of the potential of this building to be … Read More

    Our Plans For The Building

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    It is over two years since Bradford Live publicly launched its plans for the Odeon. Earlier this month, Bradford Live’s plans finally got the green light from the Council Executive, following a rigorous one year assessment. The work that we … Read More

    A Fascinating Challenge

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    The Bradford Live team have paid repeated visits to the Odeon over the past weeks, studying the building in detail in preparation for the final stage 3 submission later this Autumn. It is a fascinating but challenging task. There are, … Read More

  • The Bradford Live Project

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    Bradford Live is delighted to have passed Stage 2 of the Odeon process. We see the result as a vindication of the hard work our team has done for over three years. But there is still more work to do … Read More

    Theatres Trust Conference

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    Our Director, Lee Craven recently spoke at the Theatres Trust conference regarding the plans for the Odeon in a session entitled “Thinking Like Developers,” when he outlined his vision to reopen the building as a 3,500-seat / 4,000-standing live venue

    Bradford Live Names Its Trustees

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    Bradford Live was set up to find a long term viable solution for the much loved Odeon building. There was and is no profit-seeking motive behind Bradford Live: it exists for the Odeon and to promote live music and entertainment … Read More

    George Clarke Tours Derelict Bradford Odeon

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    George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4 series Restoration Man, has looked around an abandoned cinema in Bradford. Bradford Odeon was built in 1930 as a 3,300-seat theatre and converted into three smaller cinemas and a bingo hall in … Read More

  • A Fascinating Challenge

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    The Bradford Live team have paid repeated visits to the Odeon over the past weeks, studying the building in detail in preparation for the final stage 3 submission later this Autumn. It is a fascinating but challenging task. There are, … Read More

    Last Of The Giant ‘Super Cinemas’

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    Why is the Bradford Odeon (formerly, the New Victoria) important? Why is it worth saving? There is more than one answer to these questions; one of which is simply because of its musical heritage: Edie Cochran, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, … Read More

    The Bradford Live Project

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    Bradford Live is delighted to have passed Stage 2 of the Odeon process. We see the result as a vindication of the hard work our team has done for over three years. But there is still more work to do … Read More

    Team Mechanics

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    In an earlier blog, we met our architect, Tim Ronalds. Tim has worked closely with Peter Angier for many years on many different projects. Peter, from the firm, Carr and Angier, brings to Bradford Live deep experience of all aspects … Read More

    Bradford Live Names Its Trustees

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    Bradford Live was set up to find a long term viable solution for the much loved Odeon building. There was and is no profit-seeking motive behind Bradford Live: it exists for the Odeon and to promote live music and entertainment … Read More

    Our Architect – Tim Ronalds

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    Converting old auditoriums into modern live venues is a very specialist discipline. Experience is essential. Tim Ronalds, our architect, has deep knowledge of adapting such buildings and overcoming the problems that inevitably arise. He is perhaps best known for his … Read More

About Us

Bradford Live is a not-for-profit charitable company formed in 2012 to find a long term viable use for the historic former Odeon building in Bradford city centre which has been derelict since 2000. At the end of 2014, following a rigorous competition, the Council awarded Bradford Live the right to re-develop the building.

Bradford Live is run entirely by committed volunteers and has already invested £250,000 of its own funds to harness extremely experienced professional partners. Our brief is to bring the former Odeon back into long term viable use without the need for revenue subsidy from the public sector.

Our aim is to support the city’s rebirth and we believe that the Odeon is key to that end. The plan is to re-instate the original huge auditorium, making it the third largest auditorium in Yorkshire, with a capacity of 3500 seated/ 4000 with stalls standing. A venue of this size will attract national and international performers and its flexibility will also allow sporting events, corporate product launches exhibitions and conferences.