LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 7th January 2019

LONDON (Streatham): Streatham Hill Theatre secures further protection from development
Streatham Hill Theatre in south London has been listed as an asset of community value – offering the at-risk venue additional protection from development. Theatre conservation body the Theatres Trust has hailed the move by Lambeth Council as a “great achievement” for a campaign group fighting to return live performance to the Grade II-listed venue, which has been dormant since 2017.

Odeon transformation would have 'tremendous benefits' for city, says Theatres Trust
The city centre building, which has been empty for almost 20 years, is currently on the Theatres Trust’s “Theatres At Risk” register.
The group says it is “delighted” that plans to re-open the building as a live music venue have been submitted to Bradford Council, describing it as a “landmark building of historical and cultural significance.”

DEAL: Plans for Regent Cinema gain the approval of campaign group Reopen the Regent after years of scrutiny
A spokesman for the Reopen The Regent group described the latest plans for the two screen cinema as “eminently sensible and achievable.”

LEEDS: The abandoned cinema in the Merrion Centre could be demolished
A former Odeon above the Merrion Centre that has been preserved in a timewarp since it closed in 1977 could be demolished.
Town Centre Securities want to remove the abandoned venue as part of an application to construct a 17-storey office and retail development on the site.

LEEDS: Hyde Park Picture House gets lottery funding for 'gas lights' revamp
Gas lights fitted in a cinema more than a century ago to deter "inappropriate behaviour" are to be refurbished as part of a £2.3m lottery grant.
The "modesty lighting" was originally put in to the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds in 1914 over fears of risque behaviour "in the back seats".

PLYMOUTH: The truth about Reel Cinema and when it will be closing
It is a striking and historic Plymouth building - and one day could be flattened. But the cinema within it is still alive and kicking.
Although this might not be the case forever, Reel Cinema is open and welcoming customers on a daily basis. a statement to local media, Reel Cinemas property director Chris Morgan-Giles said the company had "taken the decision to close its Plymouth operation".

PLYMOUTH: Fears for future of old Millennium nightclub building as GOD TV prepares to make statement
The branding for the religious broadcaster which has been emblazoned across the front of the building has recently disappeared, casting doubt on the project to convert the former cinema and nightclub into a £7million conference and events destination.
The iconic building on Union Street originally opened in 1931 as the Gaumont Cinema.

ROTHERHAM: Planning application expected within months for multi-million pound transformation of town centre
The £150 million transformation of Rotherham town centre, could see 140 riverside apartments and a multi-screen cinema built on the Forge Island site.

SITTINGBOURNE: Work on new Light Cinema, Travelodge and restaurants underway
Contractors started the work for this part of Sittingbourne's multi-million pound regeneration at the end of November, laying the foundations for the construction of an eight-screen Light Cinema...

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA: New pictures show how IMAX cinema will form part of Blues' new stadium development
Artists’ impressions of Fossetts Farm place the 21,000 seater stadium at the heart of the complex with 360 degrees of entertainment around it.

STOCKPORT: Peaky Blinders is filming a HUGE scene in Stockport - and The Plaza has a starring role
The cast and camera crews have descended on Mersey Square, in front of The Plaza, for the two day shoot.
The historic theatre and cinema has been transformed into Bingley Hall, a former exhibition centre in Birmingham, ready for the shoot.