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LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 14th September 2020

LONDON (Hammersmith): Back to its former glory: Hammersmith Apollo opens its doors after a £5million refit that has restored original art deco designs

LONDON (Holloway Road): Historic cinema turned into ‘eyesore’ by signs
Odeon’s upgrade of the Holloway Road site promises to bring in state-of-the-art cinema technology and handmade reclining seats, while “preserving and enhancing its 20th-century charm”.

BRADFORD: Developer finally admits city centre leisure plan ‘no longer viable’
After years of uncertainty, the company behind a proposed new leisure development in Bradford city centre has announced that the scheme is "no longer viable" and are looking for other uses for the land.
Forster Square Leisure was to be a multi million pound redevelopment scheme that would see a cinema, gym, restaurants and other leisure facilities built on the former Royal Mail site near Forster Square Rail Station.

BRIGHTON: Hippodrome owners set to be ordered to make urgent repairs
In May this year, the daughter of Hippodrome Investments boss Aizen Sheikh posted on Facebook that it was being put up for sale.
But now Brighton and Hove councillors are being asked to approve an urgent works notice which would require the owners to make extensive repairs – or pay the cost of the council stepping in and doing so itself.

BURY ST EDMUNDS: Cinema supporters can see their names in specially-designed wall
A campaign to support the historic Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds is completed with more than £30,000 raised.
A wall at Abbeygate Cinema reflects the hundreds of people who have donated to the Building Blocks 2020 campaign to raise funds for the new Premier Screen.

DUNFERMLINE: In pictures: Going to the movies at Dunfermline's old cinemas!

KINGS LYNN: First look inside town’s brand new cinema
A new boutique cinema has been unveiled as part of a £1.6m facelift for King’s Lynn’s Corn Exchange.

IPSWICH: The Hope Church gives former Odeon cinema new name
Work to convert the former Ipswich Odeon cinema into a new church has reached a significant stage with its new name appearing on the side of the building that has been empty for 15 years.

LIVERPOOL: Woolton Picture House: 'Heartwarming' response reverses closure decision
Liverpool's oldest surviving cinema is to reopen its doors after receiving "overwhelming" support following its closure announcement.

MANCHESTER (Moston): Adelphi cinema is facing demolition - and this is what it could be replaced with
For more than 80 years the old Adelphi picture house has stood in the centre of Moston.
Developers have applied for planning permission to build a four storey apartment block on the site on Kenyon Lane.

MARGATE: Appeal for support to help save theatres at ‘tipping point’ due to Covid impact
The operators of Margate Winter Gardens and the Theatre Royal are appealing for support to save the venues as the impact of the Covid pandemic continues to devastate the performing arts sector...

SEVENOAKS: Stag Theatre from early beginnings
'Transporting Sevenoaks into the fantasy world of the silver screen.'

SOMERCOTES: Historic former Derbyshire cinema and bingo hall could be demolished
Plans to convert an historic former Derbyshire cinema and bingo hall into luxury apartments have been submitted.
Almost the entirety of the former Premier Electric Theatre on the corner of Nottingham Road and Victoria Street, in Somercotes, would be demolished.

WARRINGTON: History of Showbar in town centre
For more than 100 years, this has been the heart of entertainment in Warrington being home to a theatre, cinema, bingo hall and most recently a nightclub.

WREXHAM: Art Deco style of Odeon cinema
Designed by architect Harry Weedon, who was assisted by Budge Reid from the Harry Weedon Partnership, the Odeon was typical of the so-called Odeon Art Deco style of architecture.
See also: Lost cinemas - Empire Picture House, Wrexham

NOSTALGIA

Looking back at the golden age of cinema in Angus
In its heyday Angus was home to no less than 14 picture houses in the golden age of cinema.

From Morocco to Cuba, this Guy is Documenting the World’s Endangered Cinemas
You’d like to think that cinemas will never disappear, but are you sure they really won’t?
If it did happen, at least German-born photographer Stephan Zaubitzer will have documented most of what we lost.
NOTE: At the end of each country group, don't miss the links to the photographer's main site for more localised groupings of pictures.

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