Old movie theaters can be home to plenty of ghosts. We’re talking lots of energy…. from the audiences themselves to even the movies that played there. Sound intriguing? Then you’ll be very interested to check out the Ghosts of the Odeon.
From the Press Release
Chesterâ€™s 1936 Art Deco Odeon cinema closed in 2007 and has stood empty ever since. In the next few years it is to be redeveloped as part of the RE:NEW project, transforming it into a cultural center in the heart of the city.
As part of this venture, the Chester Film Co-op was born – a creative place for filmmakers and artists to meet, make films, and share ideas. As a member of the Film Co-op, Chat Noir Productions was commissioned to make three films about the Odeon, the first a short film inside the abandoned cinema. Rather than just document the state of the building, writer-director Daniel J. Fox envisaged an adventure film, bringing Chesterâ€™s Odeon back to life.
Ghosts of the Odeon centers on a young boyâ€™s journey around the long forgotten cinema. Exploring from the lobby to the auditorium, he encounters echoes of the past, as iconic movies come to life.
While much of the film relies on replicating music and sound cues, it was also necessary to recreate a number of classic movie scenes. Characters including Han Solo and Indiana Jones were joined by creatures from Alien, ET, Jurassic Park, and Gremlins. The film was shot on a tight schedule and succeeds thanks to a stellar central performance by actor Jack Clayton as the boy on the adventure of a lifetime. Local actor Nathan Head play the multiple roles of Marty McFly, Han Solo, and Indiana Jones.
The Chester Odeon is a place filled with many happy memories, and Ghosts of the Odeon recaptures the excitement of growing up loving movies.
Check out some stills, which include a few behind-the-scenes shots, below. Look for more soon!
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