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 1969. It closed in 2000 and the building is owned by the council.

Mr Clarke said: “There’s no point in just restoring a building for restoration’s sake. It’s got to have a proper and viable use, otherwise in 30 years time it will just be in the same condition.”

Two independent groups have put forward plans to save the building and the council will make a decision on its future in November.

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