University of Nottingham - logo
Periodic Table of Nottingham


Nottingham element: Odeon Cinema

Built in the 1930s, the Odeon on Angel Row started life as a Ritz Cinema but was renamed in 1944. In 1965 it became the UK's first twin-screen cinema.

Equipped with a large stage, it was also a popular music venue. Buddy Holly played three concerts there in 1958, during his only UK tour. The Beatles performed on 23 May 1963, when they played with Roy Orbison. The 33rd and penultimate date of The Beatles’ 1963 Autumn Tour of the UK and Ireland took place at the venue. 

Other stars to grace its stage included the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, and Chuck Berry.

On the 21st February 2000, the Rank Group announced it was to sell off its Odeon cinema chain. Some cinemas survived, but the Nottingham Odeon did not and closed for good in January 2001.

The last film to be screened, on 28th January 2001, was The Cinema of the Seventies – a locally made film about the Odeon opening as the UK’s first twin-screen cinema in 1965. The building was demolished In September 2012.

Scientific element: Oxygen

Animals and plants require oxygen to breathe.

Oxygen gas is colorless, odourless, and tasteless.

Liquid and solid oxygen are pale blue.Oxygen also occurs in other colors, including red, pink, orange, and black.

Oxygen supports combustion. However, pure oxygen itself does not burn!

Watch and learn

Explore more elements