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Inspecting ceilings of ODEON cinemas

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Ceiling of an Odeon cinema

For almost 20 years, Glanville has been providing the ODEON with engineering services to assist them with their compliance of the Cinematograph (Safety) Regulations 1955 and subsequent health and safety legislation and regulation by inspecting and certifying the condition of their cinema ceilings and working alongside the ODEON in their repair.

Our Chartered Engineers and Surveyors carry out routine inspections of all of the ODEON cinemas across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, on a predominantly annual basis, from the flagship cinema in London’s Leicester Square to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin and over 100 smaller towns and cities in between.

The cinemas are a mixture of Oscar Deutsch original buildings and refurbishments, converted theatres, high street cinemas and central and out of town multi-plexes.  Some of the buildings are listed and of historic and architectural importance and these and many of the older buildings have fibrous plaster ceilings of a more complex and fragile construction than typically used in later cinemas.  These ceilings are subject to special attention in light of their construction and the particular approach required in respect of the hessian wadding and plaster ties by which they are often supported.

In addition to the ceilings, our surveys require a more general inspection of the building fabric as its condition will impact upon the condition of the ceilings.  Glanville works alongside other plaster specialists and the ODEON to ensure the safety of their ceilings. We also inspect the external fixed ladders at all levels to ensure that they are safe and secure in use.