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The Odeon Cinema: Rutland Street, Leicester

Originally designed in 1936, the Odeon Cinema was where Orton was sexually molested when he was 14 after watching ‘My Favourite Brunette’. Now a conference, event  and banquet venue, the building has been restored to its former glory, retaining its original art deco splendour.

‘A man took me into the lavatory of The Odeon and gave me a wank. I re-lived those happy moments as i sat watching the picture today’.
Joe Orton, Diary, February 19th 1967.

The top photograph was taken in 2002, prior to the Odeon's restoration. The one below shows the refubished Odeon on the edge of Orton Square.

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