Huge congratulations and thanks to Jill Leslie and team who have pulled together this great event on Sept 14th at the Alban Arena. If you missed out on tickets, ne’er fret, you can put your name down at the Alban Arena for returns.

We’re hugely grateful at the news that St.Albans District Council are generously covering the hire cost of the event, for which all profits will go to support the restoration of The Odyssey cinema.

Cllr Julian Daly, leader of council, commented “We are very keen to see the Odyssey project through to a successful conclusion. The Soulfish concert is the latest sign of just how much the community want the cinema to reopen. Let’s all help to make it a success.”

James Hannaway was delighted by the news and added “It’s a great gesture & a fabulous thing for St.Albans Council to do. The event was arranged by one dedicated supporter, Jill Leslie, and a few of her friends, and it acts as a testament to what people can achieve when they have a great idea and see it through to completion. We’re indebted to Jill’s energy and enthusiasm, and can’t wait for the event.”

Soulfish are the ridiculously popular 10-piece soul band offering an authentic blend of Motown Stax and Atlantic. Renowned as the band that delivers its classic brand of high energy soul with total commitment to entertainment and performance, Soulfish will be pumping out the sounds of James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding.

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.

Last few days to see ‘The Odeon Journey’ exhibition at the Museum of St.Albans.

The Odeon Journey is ‘The Story of a Cinema, 1908- 1995‘ – A film, sound and visual exhibition featuring spoken histories of past projectionists, workers and customers of the much-loved cinema, now known as The Odyssey.

Huge thanks to all the volunteers and participants who’ve contributed and helped make the exhibition such a success, and particularly the organisers Anna Reynolds and Donal Corcoran. Over 7000 people have visited it so far.

The exhibit is on for just a few more days until September 3rd at the Museum of St Albans. Monday- Saturday 10am- 5pm, Sunday 2-5pm.


Odyssey restoration update

With £1.2m of the estimated £1.6m that it will cost to restore the Odyssey, work has now begun on the rebuild. The Odyssey team has appointed Borras of St.Albans as the main contractor, and design company Robert Martell & Partners. Scaffolding will go up at the end of September/beginning of October and this tends to drive lots more support, so if you are yet to purchase a seat sponsorship or Advanced Booking List (ABL) Membership, now is the time as there are a limited number left and everything must go!


Get In Touch or Get Involved

We will soon be challenging you, the cinema-loving public, a chance to create your own events in support of The Odyssey with prizes for the most successful! See the next Herts Advertiser column for more details, check here on the website or on our Facebook page if you would like to get involved.

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

We also have higher value sponsorships for businesses, so if you make carpets and would like to deck the halls, or if you’re an electrician firm and would like to lend your name to the projectors, just drop us a line. We can arrange a sponsorship for any size or amount.

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!