The NEC Group recently gave councillors, businesses and community leaders a sneak preview of its upcoming Bradford venue.
The preview came at an event in the National Museum of Science and Media.
Formerly the Bradford Odeon, the demolition work inside the building is now well under way, with many of the original art deco features revealed for the first time in over 40 years, as the concrete from the 1960s cinema structure is stripped out.
The next stage of development will be the start of the renovation and restoration works, paving the way for a grand re-opening in 2020/2021.
The venue will become a 750 capacity space for conferencing and banqueting, whilst the main auditorium will be reinstated as a 4000 capacity live events venue.
Amplify, the NEC Group’s hospitality provider, will have a variety of options to upgrade event experiences to include VIP seating areas and pre-show hospitality.
Speaking at the event Phil Mead, NEC Group chairman for the Group’s arenas and ticketing company, said: “We really want to put Bradford back on the map for major touring artists. The venue has seen legends play there, such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and I’ve no doubt that we’ll see legends play there again.
“We are in preliminary talks with a number of promoters and event organisers to discuss the opening season and will announce this as our plans progress next year and construction dates are finalised.
“As well as creating the full time equivalent of around fifty new jobs, the venue will play an important part in the ongoing regeneration of the city led by Bradford Council and a range of partners. It will help to boost the night time economy of Bradford, increasing footfall in the city which in turn benefits local restaurants, bars and hotels.