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Leicester Square's Odeon cinema set to be demolished

Westminster City Council have confirmed that plans to knock down one of Leicester Square's oldest cinemas have been approved.

The Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, which originally opened in 1930 and survived bombing in the Second World War, is set to be replaced by the Edwardian Group, owner of the Radisson Edwardian hotel chain. The new ten-storey structure to be built by the group will include a hotel, a spa and a two-screen cinema.

Campaigners have argued that the demolition will damage the heritage of Leicester Square, but the local council has said that the new building will create 400 jobs.

Deputy leader of the council, Robert Davis, said: "This will bring a renewed vibrancy to one of London's most exciting areas and provide a new focal point for Leicester Square itself."

CEO of the Edwardian Group, Jasminder Singh, also supports the plans, suggesting that they pave the way for the "redevelopment of an iconic London destination."

The development will also produce £2.9 million to replace affordable housing and flats lost during the demolition process.

English Heritage are currently opposing the demolition plans, which they believe will lead to the pulling down of a number of historical buildings that are significant to Leicester Square.

Published January 22, 2014 | Back to demolition news | Subscribe to our rss feed | Bookmark and Share