LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 23rd November 2020

BIRKENHEAD: Gaumont cinema earmarked for housing
Southport-based developer 79th Homes has acquired the Art Deco former cinema on Park Road East for an undisclosed sum and plans to convert it into up to 30 apartments.
The much-loved Merseyside picture house would be redeveloped into between 25-30 one- and two-bedroom flats in a project estimated to cost £5.5m, according to the developer.

CHIPPING NORTON: Plans for new cinema
The proposal in Chipping Norton is available to see on the website of real estate company, Setha.
In addition to two cinema screens, offering films throughout the week, there are also plans for 13 new apartments in Horsefair.

HOLBURY: Waterside Theatre to be replaced by sports pavilion
Civic chiefs have approved an application to replace the Waterside Theatre in Long Lane, Holbury, with a sports pavilion and a community garden.
The large facility - a former cinema - was built about 70 years ago to serve workers at the neighbouring Fawley refinery.

MATLOCK: New plans for cinema, shops, cafe and leisure centre
Secrecy surrounds plans for a new cinema, shops, cafe and leisure facility in a Derbyshire town.
The proposals, which have been in the works for Matlock’s market hall and bus station for years, will now be debated behind closed doors with no access for the public.

NEWMARKET: Turkish restaurant to open in former cinema
The Doric, which opened on March 1, 1937 was also used for more than a cinema - it had a stage in front of the screen for small shows and presentations.
It had a 35 ft wide proscenium (the are of a stage in front of the curtain), a stage 35 ft deep and six dressing rooms.
The Doric closed its doors on July 27, 1964.

SWANSEA: Inside the crumbling Palace Theatre...
Swansea Council is hoping to develop the former music hall into a high tech work space - but these pictures shows it has its work cut out.
Built in 1888 as a music hall, the venue where Sir Anthony Hopkins made his first professional stage appearance, has over the years been a cinema, a bingo hall and a night club.
It has stood empty since 2007, despite campaigns to bring it back to its former glory, being allowed to deteriorate by its former private owners.