A potted history

The Kingswest Centre was designed by Russell Diplock as part of the major development in the 1960s that includes Churchill Square and the Brighton Centre.

It opened as the “Brighton Top Rank Centre” in November 1965. It briefly hosted bowling lanes until 1971 and an ice-rink which closed in 1972 when the Odeon Cinema was opened and the building renamed the Kingswest. In May 1987 two more screens were added to the cinema in time for the first Brighton Film Festival.

In 1994 the Kingswest Centre includes Oriana’s discotheque, The Event nightclub and the new Odeon Cinema with six screens and 2,397 seats. The building itself is one of the most controversial pieces of architecture in Brighton.

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  • A cinema with a sea view!

    By Kate Miller (30/09/2006)

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