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Tributes to former Cheltenham Oden cinema boss Nick Egginton

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

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FILM lover Nick Egginton, who ran Cheltenham's Odeon cinema for more than 20 years, has died.

Nick, who was the former general manager of the cinema in Winchcombe Street, died on Sunday, aged 64.

He was known in the town to many of its biggest film fans.

His wife of 41 years, Sue, said: "He was a very popular, caring and loving man, who tended to look after everyone around him and really enjoyed life.

"He wasn't just my husband, he was my best friend and the love of my life. He was a fantastic father and we all just loved him to bits.

"One friend said he was the kindest, most helpful and obliging person, with nothing ever being too much trouble."

Nick started working for the Odeon chain as a trainee aged 16, in Southall, London.

By the age of 23, he was a general manager at the Odeon Ashton-under-Lyme in his native north west before he moved on to six other cinemas.

Nick arrived in Cheltenham with Sue and daughter Niki in 1984 to take on the Winchcombe Street cinema.

In his 22 years at the helm he oversaw expansions, extra screens installed, renovations and finally its closure in November 2006.

And for Nick the cinema really was part of the family.

His father was the chief technician at the Gaumont Palace theatre in Chester, where Nick grew up, and it was also at the cinema he met Sue.

The couple worked together at the Odeon in Manchester in 1969 and began dating as the film Oliver! premiered. Two years later they married.

During his star-studded career he met film star Michael Caine, while he was making The Whistle Blower in Cheltenham in 1986.

He also rubbed shoulders with Phil Collins, Sir Richard Attenborough and Monty Python's Terry Gilliam.

After the 73-year-old cinema closed he began working at Warners car dealership.

Outside of the job Nick and Sue were both keen cyclists and regularly holidayed in Newquay where they enjoyed surfing.

He was also a fan of motorsports, even going to see the British Grand Prix, and was a regular listener to guitar-based rock music.

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