Cinema Chooses Bader Story to Mark its Milestone Birthday

The GERRARDS CROSS Cinema is celebrating its 85th Birthday!

To celebrate this achievement – unusual in cinema history with so many cinemas closing or changing their use, it will be showing “Reach for the Sky”.

If you are or could be in the Gerrards Cross area on Tuesday 12th October, you could combine an enjoyable afternoon at the Gerrards Cross Odeon watching “Reach for the Sky” while raising funds for The Douglas Bader Foundation.

So – please go along and support not just this grand old lady of the cinema world but also the nominated charities. The Douglas Bader Foundation relies almost exclusively on donations to continue its valuable work on behalf of amputees and other disabled and we are very grateful for all support.

Our thanks in advance to the Odeon, Gerrards Cross for this kind thought and to all of you who attend the showing. We hope you enjoy this classic film.

Please read on for the Press Release:

85 years old and going strong!

The Odeon cinema in Gerrards Cross is getting younger by the day

The cinema, celebrating its 85th birthday in October, is a 2 screen traditional cinema nestled in the village of Gerrards Cross. Its popularity has meant it has changed ownership nine times in its 85 years. In the heydays of theatre and cinema in the 1920s, when the cinema was built, nearly every town had its own theatre. Very few of its colleagues are still standing, let alone been in continuous use since opening. Gerrards Cross cinema is one of these special few sites that has consistently entertained and captured the imagination of its community.

Originally a single screen cinema, ‘Classic Cinemas LTD’ adapted the site to contain two screens in the 1970’s. It has been used as a filming location site for many projects; in 1968/69 the film “Carry on Camping” used it in its opening scenes, ironically this was the last film to be shown in the cinema as a ‘Picture Playhouse’. Another major change to the structure of the site came in 2000 when the ODEON chain re-branded and refurbished both screens. This year ODEON Gerrards Cross will have its second Digital projector installed in October, providing the very latest in Cinema technology.

Elaine Pullen, General Manager of the ODEON said “it’s fantastic news that we will soon be able to offer the latest generation of technology at Gerrards Cross. 3D titles we are looking forward to exhibiting in October 2010 include, ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘The Legend of the Guardians’, In November we are looking forward to presenting Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1.”

“I know that the local community will embrace the continued development of ODEON Gerrards Cross and show the same loyal support that they have for the past 85 years. The ODEON Team are looking forward to a new era in the cinema’s history and look forward to celebrating its success at our birthday celebrations. We intend on showing the film ‘Reach for the Sky’, starring Gerrards Cross born actor Kenneth More as the heroic fighter pilot Douglas Bader. All the proceeds from the performance will be donated to charity, with proceeds being donated to The Bader Foundation, The Variety Club and NSPCC.”

The Douglas Bader Foundation exists to advance and promote the physical, mental and spiritual welfare of persons who are without one or more limbs, or otherwise physically disabled. Support is essential as the charity relies entirely on donations to continue its invaluable work.

‘Reach for the Sky’ will be showing at the ODEON Gerrards Cross on Tuesday 12th October 2010 at 15:00. Tickets are at the SuperSaver box office prices, concession discount is always available.


Ms Rapinder Khabda – Senior Cinema Manager, Odeon Gerrards Cross

Tel: 01895 272826


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