LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 8th July 2019

LONDON: Brutalist blocks, BFI Imax and former Birds Eye HQ at risk of demolition
The Twentieth Century Society, a campaigning charity, published a list on Tuesday of the buildings it is most concerned about.
Its director, Catherine Croft, said that even buildings with listed status protection were threatened, and that listing had become “just a minor inconvenience for determined developers”.

LONDON: Why does London need so many new theatres?
Next week, a vast new theatre complex opens its doors in west London — the first of 10 new spaces of all shapes and sizes in the pipeline.
Troubadour White City comprises two huge, hangar-like spaces with a combined capacity of almost 2,000.

LONDON (Brixton): History – Led Zeppelin’s live album and a closed theatre on Brixton Hill
Since closing in 1957, the old cinema building has had a multitude of tenants and it’s currently being used as the Tami Gospel Centre (2019).

ASHFORD: Mecca Bingo building could get Grade II-listed status
Campaigners say they are delighted after an application calling for Ashford's former Mecca Bingo building to be given Grade II-listed status passed through the first stage.
It comes after the Cinema Theatre Association (CTA) - which campaigns nationally to protect traditional cinema buildings - wrote to Historic England in April calling for the landmark site to be recognised.

BOURNEMOUTH: Derelict ABC cinema revealed by YouTube 'urban explorers'
The sad state of Bournemouth’s once-grand ABC cinema has been revealed in pictures and video taken by a group of ‘urban explorers’.

BRIGHTON: Changes to Astoria flats plan are approved
Work is well under way on the new build after the derelict grade II listed Astoria building – a former cinema and bingo hall – was demolished after standing empty for more than 20 years.

MANCHESTER: There are three bars and a cheap cinema hidden inside a building site
On the surface of things, Crusader Mill looks like your run-of-the-mill construction site - a sight many will be familiar with around Manchester these days.
Follow the bright pink arrows painted onto the rough concrete floor and you'll find yourself in a fairly anonymous-looking staircase - but travel upwards and each floor reveals a new treasure.
Tucked away in the roof space, and the latest to join the huge mill building, is Chapeltown Picture House, a cinema showing retro films with £5 tickets and hosting VR gaming experiences.

MINEHEAD: Plans to convert former discount shop into multi-screen cinema complex
Minehead could finally get a cinema after plans were submitted to convert the former Lifestyle Warehouse shop into a three-screen cinema.
The plans show the cinema will contain three screens - one room with 112 sets and two screening rooms will have 60 seats each.

NORWICH: Fascinating slice of history discovered in bowling alley
When businessman and former manager of Cinema City, Jack Thompson, took over the 1930s Art Deco building at the junction of Dereham Road and Grapes Hill, to open the Bowling House, he had no idea what he would find.
"After we took over the building we discovered upstairs, all boarded up, there was a near complete balcony of the former Regal Cinema complete with 200 stunning original Art Deco cast iron cinema seats"

SLEAFORD: Councillors agree on £4million funding for three-screen cinema and food court
View artist impressions of how things could look...

WOKING: Cinema set for lengthy closure for major refurbishment
The Ambassadors Cinema in Woking will shut its doors at the end of the summer for a major redevelopment project.
As the only cinema in Woking, it has been running for 364 days a year since it opened 27 years ago.