LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 11th May 2020

UNITED KINGDOM: Could Amazon be about to take over your local cinema?
Amazon is circling AMC Theatres, the troubled owner of Odeon Cinemas.
The duo are said to have held talks about a potential takeover of AMC by Amazon.
But it is not clear if the discussions are still active or if they will lead to a deal.

UNITED KINGDOM: Officials planning to open movie theatres in June
In the U.K., cinemas started closing the week of March 16, ahead of the official lockdown ordered by Boris Johnson’s government on March 23.
The U.K. Cinema Association and Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) have now drawn proposals to the government detailing how cinemas could reopen safely by the end of June.

ABERFELDY: Messages of support for Birks Cinema as cash-flow is crippled by virus
The actors Alan Cumming and Dougray Scott, and the Scots Makar Jackie Kay have given their support to a fundraising appeal to help The Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy re-open.
There is now an urgent campaign to save The Birks, which is reckoned to need £25,000 on top of the £25,000 it has raised already to open its doors again.

COLCHESTER: Plans unveiled to demolish old Odeon and create 55 flats
Owner Blumarble Property has unveiled fresh proposals for the Crouch Street premises, which would see the 55 apartments, two retail units and a basement car park created.
As part of the plans, the famous building would be demolished in its entirety, with a replica of the historic foyer section reconstructed...
A selection of old photographs here...

GUILDFORD: Odeon resubmits plans to extend into former Old Orleans restaurant building
The cinema giant is looking to add new auditoriums to the nine it currently has at its Bedford Road site by extending into the vacant Old Orleans restaurant building, which is adjacent.
Plans had originally been submitted in February, but were later temporarily withdrawn in early April so that amendments could be made to the proposals.

HUDDERSFIELD: The rags to riches story of the man who brought cinema to the town
Jewish tailor Mark Freedman was the inspiration behind The Picture House and The Olympia

: Flashback – May 1980: Curtain closes on Clifton cinema
Saturday, May 10, 1980 saw the final showing of a film at the Clifton cinema, Ludlow, which was by that time owned by Essoldo.
The final film was 10 with Dudley Moore. Afterwards it went over entirely to bingo.
Essoldo Bingo closed in December 1986. There followed a big fight to try to save the building, but to no avail. It was demolished in April 1987.

NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE: The Dream Palace traces the unique history of Tyneside Cinema...
We're proud to present the feature-length documentary, The Dream Palace, on YouTube on 17 May at 19:00.
Made by North East filmmaker, Alex Ayre, the film tells the story of the colourful history of Newcastle's Tyneside Cinema and cinema-going across the globe. It's essential viewing for anyone who loves going to the movies.

NORWICH and NORFOLK: Theatre bosses fear they will be shut for the rest of the year
Theatre and entertainment bosses fear venues in Norfolk and Waveney will not reopen to live audiences until 2021.
Hundreds of shows and screenings across the region have already been postponed or cancelled as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

STOKE-ON-TRENT AREA: A trip to the movies, flicks, pictures...was there ever a better way to spend your childhood than in the cinema...
Wherever you lived in the six towns you could be sure there was a picture palace close by, serving up the best entertainment for kid and grown up alike.