No one seemed to want the Odeon to close but
inevitably it did and stood derelict for many years. It was
eventually replaced by a dull precinct of shops which very
successfully disguise the fact that there are actually any
shops within. You can see the old Odeon on the right: before
it was demolished the word 'shame' was written on its facade,
reflecting the mood felt by most of the townspeople.
Just before the end, a colleague of mine who was a police
constable at the time, was called to the Odeon in response
to a report that a number of people had been seen leaving
the site, which was by then in a dangerous state. She remembers
that when they got into the building no one was to be seen
but there in the middle of the cinema floor, amongst the rubble
and upturned seats, was… a perfect pentagram. Really,
don’t mess with the Lewesians, we have a dark side.
Thanks to Friends
of Lewes for use of pictures.
* down from London - do keep up SC