LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 9th October 2017

LONDON (Bethnal Green): Permission granted for £45m cinema hotel
A 130-bedroom boutique hotel is to be created on the site of the former Rex Cinema in London’s Bethnal Green.
Planning permission has been granted by Tower Hamlets Council... for creation of the £45m hotel behind a restoration of the property’s original art deco façade. The hotel will feature a single screen cinema, restaurant and roof top bar.

LONDON (Brent Cross): Shopping Centre regeneration: Everything you need know including completion date
With a cinema, 60 restaurants and 200 new shops, could the new Brent Cross Shopping Centre be better than Westfield?

LONDON (Elephant & Castle): The Melodramatic Elephant in the Haunted Castle
This new play, performed for one night only, focuses on the history of the Coronet theatre and how performance and art has always been at the heart of London’s Elephant and Castle
The Coronet closes its doors for the final time on New Year’s Eve, 2017. As the final play performed in the theatre, this production poignantly dramatizes the intertwined fate of actress and theatre.

The play will be performed for one night only! 8 November 2017, 7.30pm at Coronet, 28 New Kent Road London SE1 6TJ

Tickets are free.

LONDON (Woolwich): Greenwich Council approves plans for site in General Gordon Square, Woolwich, including cinema, shops, restaurants and 300 homes
The 10-storey complex will be on the corner of General Gordon Square and also includes plans for a dance school, shops, restaurants and offices.

LONDON (Notting Hill Gate): Trattoria Da Maria wins battle against demolition
The application to extend the Gate Cinema's foyer has been DENIED.

LONDON (Woolwich): Greenwich Council approves plans for site in General Gordon Square, Woolwich, including cinema, shops, restaurants and 300 homes
The 10-storey complex will be on the corner of General Gordon Square and also includes plans for a dance school, shops, restaurants and offices.

ABINGDON: Cinema finally coming
Get your popcorn at the ready because a cinema is finally coming to ... 85th birthday, about using the historic Abbey Building's theatre for screenings.

BRIGHTON: Nostalgia - 1: Ornate ceilings and glittering chandeliers of The Paris cinema
The Paris, in New Road, Brighton, was originally a theatre which was destroyed in a fire at the end of the 19th century.
In 1909, cinema equipment was installed in the theatre, and the building was renamed the Court Cinema, run by Mrs Maude Barraford. It had 1,250 seats.

BRIGHTON: Nostalgia - 2: What has happened to our beautiful cinemas?
A playground for actors and artists alike, Brighton’s theatres have always been among the most memorable in the country.

BROMLEY (Kent): Work to restore cinema to original art deco design will close the site for most of next year
Bromley Picturehouse will be a six-screen cinema with a cafe and bar opening on the site of the 1936 George Coles’ designed Odeon, which more recently has operated as an Empire and then Cineworld cinema
Plans were approved on Thursday night.

COLCHESTER: Apartment plans for Crouch Street Odeon tipped for approval by council officers
The report said: “The proposal will enable the re-use of the former cinema, a locally listed building, which contributes to the designated heritage asset of the conservation area.

DOVER: Eerie pictures inside Images nightclub in Dover just weeks before it was flattened have emerged
The vast majority of Dovorians will have some memory of the iconic building on Castle Street, either as a cinema or nightclub.
And now photos inside the building, take by urban explorer OneFlewEast, show the beautiful, yet run down, state of the historic venue just two months before it was demolished.

DUMFRIES: Theatre Royal in Dumfries celebrates 225 years
The story of Scotland's oldest working theatre is one that any playwright would be proud of.
It has boasted a cast of famous names from its outset and has seen numerous dramatic twists of fate.
The Theatre Royal is located, appropriately enough, on the town's Shakespeare Street.

DUNDEE: Future of historic theatre uncertain as building goes unsold
The King’s Theatre in Cowgate, which has long ceased operation as a working venue, was up for sale last month with a price tag of £400,000.

MONTROSE: Daughter of former provost gives seal of approval to cinema project
Montrose Playhouse Project is raising £2.5 million through fundraising, events, grants and investment to renovate the former town swimming pool into a non-profit state-of-the art facility encompassing a three-screen digital cinema, exhibition and community space, conference facilities and cafe bar.

PLYMOUTH: Bretonside will get makeover in bid to kick-start cinema and restaurant project
Bretonside is going to be spruced up in the hope that a fresh look will encourage developers to start work on the area's £40m regeneration.
British Land is planning to build a huge multiplex including a 12-screen cinema, skybar and 14 restaurants on the site of the old bus station.

PRESTWICK: Plans to inject new life into abandoned Broadway Cinema are no pipe dream...
Determined locals want to see the cinema back in use for the community and comissioned a feasibility study on the famous site.
Broadway campaigners plan to call a public meeting in the town “within the next few weeks” to discuss their next move.

SALE: Could get its own cinema as part of plans to revamp town centre
Hundreds of new homes and a cinema could be built in a major transformation of Sale town centre.
Outline plans have been put forward for 215 dwellings, retail space and a cinema in a revamp which has split local opinion.
The three-storey Sibson House, six retail buildings and a multi-storey car park would all be demolished to make way for the new development.

STOCKTON: Vintage treasures found during Globe theatre restoration
Treasures of the showbusiness past – including vintage make-up from the 1930s – have been uncovered as an art-deco theatre The Globe undergoes restoration... which will transform it into a live venue with a capacity of up to 3,000.

WEDNESBURY: Historic Black Country cinema to rise from ashes after fire
The Gaumont Cinema in Wednesbury was once a 900-seater five-screen venue, but a fire three years ago has left it in a sorry state.
It is undergoing a major refurbishment as part of a £2million investment and when complete will look to create 30 new jobs.

WELLINGTON: Landmark Clifton cinema could be converted into apartments and shops
The Clifton, off Bridge Road, was last used as a cinema in the late 80s, but campaigners have been working to get it back into use over the last few years.
Developers MCO Marylebone said they appreciated the historical relevance of the building...

...and in other news

Cinema projection has a limited lifetime
New screen technology composed of LEDs is set to disrupt the century-old way of viewing movies on the big screen by the end of the next decade.