LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 15th February 2021

BEESTON: New video shows how £50m cinema will look as summer opening date expected
The Arc Cinema has now taken possession of the building which forms the entertainment centrepiece of a £50m redevelopment...
The project milestone means the eight-screen deluxe cinema is still on track to premiere to the public this summer 2021.

BURNLEY: New planning application submitted for £21m town centre scheme
Working with AEW-Architects and planning consultant, Smith Love, the revised application includes plans for a seven-screen cinema and 12,750 sq ft of leisure and retail floorspace...

CLYDEBANK: La Scala cinema opened on Valentine's Day 83 years ago
There were no cinema trips to see the latest Hollywood rom-com for loved-up Bankies this Valentine's Day – but the town still has a big cinema anniversary to celebrate.
Because it was on February 14, 1938 that the town's much-loved and fondly-remembered La Scala picture house – where many local couples went for their first dates – officially opened on Graham Avenue.

COVENTRY: University to upgrade theatre in art deco Ellen Terry Building refurb
Refurbishment plans include the remodelling and upgrading of its theatre and performance changing rooms and teaching areas. Work is due to start this month and expected to take 10 weeks.

KIDDERMINSTER: Crowdfunder set up to 'bring saved cinema to life'
A cinema which was saved from permanent closure by entrepreneurs from Stourbridge is undergoing a major refurbishment to get it ready to reopen when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

LEEDS: Restoration work for historic Hyde Park Picture House to begin in April
The Grade II-listed building dates back to 1914 and is the country's only surviving gas-lit cinema.
It was awarded a £285,600 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Culture Recovery Fund to allow much-needed redevelopment to continue despite extended closures and reduced income.

MANCHESTER: The 'last chance' battle to save Hulme Hippodrome as it goes up for auction for nearly £1million
An 'unrealistic' price and 'misleading' listing has left locals fearing for the building's future.
The historic Hulme Hippodrome theatre has been put up for auction this week, sparking a huge public outcry.
The Edwardian theatre was one of the country's finest musical and comedic spaces in its heyday but has since fallen into a state of disrepair.
Crowdfunder launched after Hulme Hippodrome pulled out of auction at the last minute
A local group are battling to restore and save the historic theatre. To help, please go to

MONTROSE: Playhouse: No time to linger as team behind new cinema eye James Bond blockbuster opening
A year on from Bancon Construction contractors moving in to begin the transformation of the old town swimming pool, the three big screens at the heart of the cultural hub are beginning to take shape within The Mall building.

MORLEY: Former Orbit nightclub could become adult learning centre
The New Pavillion building saw performances from some of Europe’s top techno DJs during its incarnation as the Orbit nightclub in the 1990s.
Originally opened as a “Cine-Variety Theatre” in 1911, the building has also seen life as a cinema, theatre and bingo hall and then The Afterdark nightclub.
It was most recently used as a restaurant, but has now stood empty for several years.

OXFORD: Happy nights at the Electra, Ritz and Regal cinemas

REDCAR: How seafront now looks as bulldozers finish Regent cinema demolition
The site has been reduced to rubble after of a £9m redevelopment

STAFFORD: Abandoned cinema and snooker club given national heritage award
The Sandonia cinema, on Sandon Road in the town, was named the Building of the Month for February by the Save Britain's Heritage group.
The historic building has stood empty for 20 years but there is a campaign to save it.

STIRLING: From the Archives - Tribute to pioneer of Stirling cinema in February 1963
An insight into the development of the cinema industry in Stirling was revealed in the Observer of February 1963, in an obituary for one of its pioneers.

IN OTHER NEWS:Historic movie venue Twickenham Studios to get £15 million revamp
The two TV production tycoons who took over the running of Twickenham Studios last year unveiled a £15 million investment plan to build a new TV studio, cutting edge sound production studios and flexible offices for local creative businesses.