Published: 11th Mar 2019

Plans to redevelop Bradford’s former Odeon cinema have been approved by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Bradford Live, a social enterprise led by local business leaders, has secured permission to begin work on the site, which will become a live music and arts venue after almost 20 years of dereliction. The enterprise hopes to reinstate the original huge auditorium, creating the biggest ‘mid-size’ venue in the country outside London, with a capacity of up to 4000 with stalls standing. They hope the venue will bring national and international performers to Bradford and its flexibility will also allow sporting events, exhibitions and conferences. The project received a £357,500 investment from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The Leeds City Region LEP secured £4m for the project last year from the government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund. Initial work has already begun to remove additions to the building … (To read the full article, subscribe below)