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Our December Update from your local Odyssey Cinema, under restoration! 

The Odyssey campaign embarks upon a new wave of activity! 

The Odyssey team is launching a fresh wave to the fundraising campaign, with a different strategy and new fundraising techniques. While the public support campaign is still ongoing, we realise that the local community has been very generous and we still need some big chunks of money to return your cinema to you. We are now focusing more on loans and investments, the great and the good. With the promise of match-funding from banks, we need to raise a mere £500,000 in order to access that money. This is great news, but still means lots of time, energy and hard work. Have faith! We’re determined to get there.

In addition, we’re doing some unique merchandising and using every small amount that we have to get on with some preliminary work on the building. We don’t need vast amounts to get on with the ground work and comply with regulations.

Watch our for real, albeit apparently small – progress in the new year in front of your very eyes!

New website is launched!

As you can see we have a brand-spanking new website! The site was redesigned in response to you all saying that you wanted more regular updates and a greater sense of what was happening. This site is based on a blogging model, so we’ll more easily, and more regularly, be able to update you all on what’s happening. The gallery is easier to manage and upload photos to, so you’ll see the way that the building is changing and if you can’t personally get inside the building, maybe our photographers can!

Come on the Odeon Journey- share your cinema memories!

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, St Albans Civic Society will collect, record, re-create and permanently store the magic of cinematic memories from the old Odeon cinema.

Odeon Journey is supported by the Museum of St Albans, St Albans Arts Sport and Health and the Odyssey Cinema. Memories will be collected, filmed, recorded or recreated by anyone who wants to share them; in spring 2012, there will be an exhibition to celebrate the memories at the Museum of St Albans. It will also include two local schools and up to 60 primary school children will dramatise past memories and create their own wishes for the future of the cinema.

Project manager Anna Reynolds says;  ‘This project is open to everybody- if you’d like to volunteer and receive free training in oral history taking, share an old photo or a story from the past glory of the Odeon cinema- maybe you knew it, or your parents or grandparents did, as the Alpha..the Poly..the Regent…or the Capitol? Whatever your stories are, the Odeon Journey team would love to hear them.’

Find out more about future events, including dramatisation and art workshops at www.odeonjourney.org.uk

Email the project at info@odeonjourney.org.uk to tell us your story, or sign up to get involved.