Should the building be saved from demolition and approval from the council be given, the plan is to turn the former Bradford Odeon into a flagship venue and exhibition space right in the heart of the city centre, dedicated to John Peel – a man who championed new music, and who had a particular affection for Bradford that was an honour to the city.
The scheme was inspired by the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket, a successful project whose aims include ‘providing somewhere for the community to come together’ and bringing ‘high-quality acts and performances to the area to inspire people and show what can be achieved’.
The location, overlooking the new Mirror Pool and next to the Alhambra theatre, Impressions Gallery and National Media Museum is expected to transform the centre of the city into a vibrant arts and music hub with a strong focus on the future. This would be an asset for the whole of the North of England and beyond and lead the regeneration of the increasingly derelict city with the hugely increased visitor numbers it will generate.
Please follow the campaign to save the building at www.cityoffilm.co.uk - more details to be announced soon!