Your July update from James Hannaway at The Odyssey Cinema, St.Albans!

Upcoming Fundraiser in St.Albans

Soulfish’s charismatic lead singer takes the stage

We’re very excited that the fantastic 10-piece soul band, Soulfish, are due to play LIVE at the Alban Arena on Sept 14th – with all profits going to the Odyssey restoration. Soulfish are the connoisseur’s 10-piece soul band. If you love an authentic blend of Motown Stax and Atlantic then Soulfish are wish come true. Renowned as the band that delivers its classic brand of high energy soul with total commitment to entertainment and performance. Come shake your tail feather to the sounds of James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding.

For the past 15 years, Soulfish have bossed the North London soul scene. They’ve opened Proms In The Park and The Queen’s Silver Jubilee party, been the house band on Channel 5’s ‘Night Fever’ backing Suggs and Kim Mazell, and even funked Greg Dyke and the BBC Radio Awards.

The line-up includes members of The Selector, Supertramp, The Cuban Brothers, Secret Affair and Chicken Shack, as well as cast members of the West End’s Dancin’ in the Streets, mamma Mia and Sweeney Todd.

Huge thanks to Jill Leslie for organising this event.

BUY TICKETS: £15 from Jill (the organiser) by email:

OR Call Jill: 07710 105148  OR Jo 07760 166000

(Or from the Alban Arena box office: 01727 844488


Odyssey restoration gets underway

With the Odyssey’s investors and an Angel bank loan in place, work has already begun on vital contracts and tendering stages. With a big thanks to those friendly architects who came forward, we have gone as far as we can with the dream of doing it all ourselves. Hence, we have now appointed Robert Martell & Partners to form our project management team and appoint a main contractor to begin the first phase.

This first phase will be to secure the fabric and structure of the building, from the roof, foundations and walls, to the installation of essential services: electricity, water and drainage etc.

Post tendering and with agreements in place, you will start to see real repair and restoration work beginning in the Autumn. It has been a long two long years at the hands of dithering banks.

The Odyssey dream is now on its way, thanks to the people of St Albans and a handful of committed individuals. If there was an Olympic event for bank lending (their other shenanigans aside) it would be catching the javelin in your teeth, strapped to a missile on the roof of a block of flats.

Get In Touch or Get Involved

If you would like to buy an Advanced Booking List (that enables priority booking on tickets), sponsor a seat or any other part of the building, help out or just say hello, please email Marie at

For press or marketing enquiries, please contact

Or you can find us on Facebook under ‘James Hannaway’s official page for the Alpha cinema in St.Albans’ (catchy, we know. and no, we can’t change it. Not yet anyway).

Thanks as ever for all the support!