Photographs and memorabilia of Bradford Odeon wanted for exhibition to celebrate its history

Bradford residents are being asked to donate photos and memorabilia of an iconic landmark for an exhibition celebrating its history ahead of its long-awaited re-opening.

Originally built in 1930, The Bradford Odeon - formerly the New Victoria and the Gaumont - was a high-profile concert venue that hosted several Beatles concerts.

It later became a cinema, but closed in 2000 and has been derelict ever since.


ITV cameras were allowed to film inside the derelict building.


It will now be restored to its former glory and transformed into a state-of-the-art entertainment venue with seating for around 3,500 music fans.

Over the next six months, Impressions Gallery will be working with local people to curate the 'mass participation' project called Bringing the Beat Back to Bradford.

The event will shine a light on the vibrant history of the much-treasured building and the people who have used it.

Members of the public can get involved by submitting photographs and memorabilia digitally.

The project is part of a programme funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.