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    WEEK COMMENCING Monday 20th November 2017

    LONDON (Peckham): Peckhamplex and multi-storey carpark now listed as Asset of Community Value
    The Peckhamplex cinema and multi-storey carpark in Peckham have been listed as an Asset of Community Value, helping to protect them from future development.
    It also follows the group's successful campaign to get the carpark and cinema taken out of the council's New Southwark Plan, which had the site earmarked for being turned into flats

    BISHOP'S STORTFORD: New theatre and cinema for Bishop’s Stortford unveiled in Old River Lane plans
    A new arts and cultural centre forms the centrepiece of proposals to transform Old River Lane in Bishop’s Stortford, unveiled by East Herts District Council (EHDC) today (Thursday, November 23).
    If given the go-ahead, the centre would include a 500-seat theatre, three or four-screen cinema and cafe/bar.

    CAMPBELTOWN: Picture House returned to former glory
    One of Europe's most historic cinemas has been returned to its former glory after a £3.5m restoration. The Picture House in Campbeltown, designed by celebrated cinema designer Albert V Gardner, first opened in 1913.

    CIRENCESTER: Plan for a new cinema “is moving forward”, developer says
    The proposed development in Brewery Court, approved by CDC in November 2014, was originally planned to be complete in summer this year. It includes a four-screen cinema, six shops, four restaurants and a 110-bed student accommodation.

    FARNHAM: Further Brightwells hold-ups look likely
    Brightwells developer, Crest Nicholson Sainsbury’s (CNS), has submitted a fresh application for the demolition of the Redgrave Theatre and conversion of the attached Grade II-listed Brightwell House - hinting at a further delay to the regeneration of East Street

    GOVAN: Bid to turn Lyceum into community-owned concert and events venue
    One of the last remaining 1930s super cinemas in the UK which has been lying empty for more than a decade could reopen as a concert venue.
    The Lyceum is one of a number of key projects regarded as central to the ongoing regeneration of Govan.

    GREAT YARMOUTH: First look at revamped Hollywood Cinema
    Cinema director Trevor Wicks has invested a “substantial” five figure sum in sprucing up the historic gem, renewing almost all the 800 seats in the five-theatre complex and adding what is thought to be one of the biggest screens in East Anglia in its cinema one.

    LEITH: Housing proposals lodged for former Art Deco cinema in Edinburgh
    Developer Glencairn Properties has submitted a planning application for a new residential development on the site of a former Art Deco cinema building on Great Junction Street in Edinburgh's Leith area

    OSWESTRY: Latest cinema project causes concern for councillors
    The plans to convert the former Salvation Army building on King Street were revealed earlier this year with Trevor Harris, who once ran the town’s Regal Cinema helping as a consultant.
    But members of the Development and Planning Committee said they are worried about the impact it will have on neighbouring properties through parking and noise.

    SALISBURY: New Maltings plans unveiled at public meeting
    The aim is to link the commercial hub of the Market Place with the new “cultural quarter” where the City Hall and Playhouse will be joined by a new multiplex cinema that developers say can co-exist with the Odeon.

    STOCKPORT: First look inside the brand new cinema
    These photos offer a first look at Stockport’s brand new cinema, which is due to open next week. The Light cinema is at the centre of the £45m Redrock Development, which has been gradually taking shape next to the M60, and will open to the public on Friday, November 24.

    SUTTON (Surrey): Here's what the redevelopment of Empire Cinema looks like now
    The multimillion pound development of Sutton's Empire Cinema is now in the final stages of construction.
    Empire will open on St Nicholas Way in late January 2018.

    SWINDON: £270m leisure centre to include ski slope, IMAX, bowling and climbing
    Plans have been approved for North Star leisure scheme including ski slopes plus the UK’s largest IMAX cinema.


    Week commencing Monday 13th November 2017

    Britain's best cinemas revealed, from the most luxurious to the quirkiest
    We all know movies are magical - but there are magical places to watch them, too.
    From a solar-powered caravan to a pop-up hot tub big screen experience, these are the UK's best cinemas.

    LONDON (Brockley): Curzon plan picked for Ladywell Playtower
    The Mayor of Lewisham has selected Curzon cinemas as the Council's preferred bidder for the redevelopment of Ladywell Playtower.

    LONDON (Southwark): Borough Yards: the new name for the Vinopolis complex
    The £300 million project by Meyer Bergman was approved by Southwark's planning committee in summer 2016.
    This summer Everyman Media confirmed that it will open a cinema at Borough Yards when it is completed in 2020.

    LONDON (Woolwich): Plan for 750 homes, cinema and shops at Spray Street inch forward
    Updated plans to demolish a swath of Woolwich town centre to build 750 homes, new shops and a cinema are to be discussed at Greenwich Council’s Cabinet meeting next week.

    BRIGHTON: Rumours of luxury hotel and flats plan for Hippodrome
    The derelict theatre has been mothballed since spring 2015 after developers pulled out of plans to convert it into a cinema despite securing planning permssion...

    CHESTERFIELD: New cafe set to be created inside historic Winding Wheel building
    A £426,000 project - which is expected to be approved by councillors at a meeting next Tuesday - includes the creation of a cafe bar in the foyer of the showpiece venue on Holywell Street.
    The Winding Wheel was previously the Odeon Cinema and Chesterfield Picture House. In the last year it held 149 performances attracting nearly 40,000 ticketed attendances.

    COLCHESTER: High Court judge throws out appeal against Tollgate Village development
    A judge has thrown out a high court challenge against a multimillion pound leisure park in Colchester – and developers say they are excited to get started on the project.
    Tollgate Village is a £70million scheme pledging to bring big name restaurants and a cinema to the outskirts of the town...

    CROYDON: Council approves £1.4 billion Westfield shopping centre in 'momentous' decision
    Work will begin on London’s third Westfield complex in 2019, with 7,000 new jobs and 1,000 new homes included in the plans.
    The centre will offer the public a choice of more than 300 shops, restaurants, cafes and leisure facilities – as well as a new multi-screen cinema and bowling alley.

    HALIFAX: Nostalgia - Rise of the cinema
    Following the introduction of the Cinematograph Act in January 1910, one of the first cinema buildings in Halifax adhering to new regulations was the Electric Theatre...

    HARBORNE: What we know so far after fire at iconic cinema
    Crews were called to the former Royalty Cinema, on Harborne High Street, at around 7.30am on November 15.

    IPSWICH: From cinema to church? Odeon set to become new faith centre
    The former Odeon cinema on Major’s Corner could become Ipswich’s newest church if talks between a Christian group and its owner bear fruit.

    MARLBOROUGH: Dream for cinema in Marlborough could become reality
    Marlborough could be set to get a new cinema after plans were revealed to transform an old chapel into a picture house.
    PENARTH: Pier pavilion cinema set to be used for pop up cinemas and film clubs in future...
    Penarth Arts and Crafts Limited made the announcement on Thursday, November 9 and has claimed that it now has the basis for a "viable and sustainable" future for the building as it looks for a way to use the cinema that "does not present a risk" to the charity.

    POOLE: Nine-screen cinema and restaurant plans for Dolphin Shopping Centre are submitted
    The scheme, which would see a nine-screen cinema and restaurant complex built across Falkland Square and Kingland Crescent, was announced in September.

    PRESTON: Demolition of Indoor Market to begin in March 2018
    The Market Quarter development includes an 11-screen cinema, seven family restaurants, and a 593-space multi-storey car park.

    SWINDON: 'Exciting' £270m leisure centre plans approved
    Plans for a £270m leisure scheme including ski slopes and the UK's largest Imax cinema have been approved.
    Outline planning permission for the North Star site was unanimously approved by Swindon Borough council on Tuesday.

    WELLINGTON: Talks gather pace on plans for cinema at old bank
    The group looking to bring a cinema to Wellington are moving forward with negotiations to take over a former bank building.
    The Clifton Community Arts Centre Ltd want to build an 80-seat cinema in the former HSBC Bank in the town.

    WESTHOUGHTON: Retail development plan for site of former club and cinema in Market Street
    The plans for the former Gaiety Club and Empire Cinema in Market Street, Westhoughton, were revealed when the proposals were submitted to Bolton Council.

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Korean cinema giant CJ-CGV considering £2bn Vue bid
    A Korean film giant is looking to acquire UK-headquartered cinema chain Vue International in a deal that could value the business at £2bn.
    Vue’s owners, Canadian pension funds Omers and Aimco are thought to be planning a dual-track sale process next year with the aim of either selling to a trade buyer or floating on the stock market.


    Week commencing Monday 6th November 2017

    LONDON (Hammersmith): Council announces new plans for King Street regeneration
    Hammersmith & Fulham Council has scrapped existing plans for the regeneration of the Town Hall and the area around it...
    The council’s agreement with the developers of the previous scheme was ended after they were told that the proposals were not financially viable because of changes in market conditions. The developers told the council this only after demolition of the cinema had begun.

    ABERDEEN: Cinema to offer special effects including seat motion, smells, wind and rain
    Cineworld in Union Square is currently installing a 4DX theatre, which will be only the second of its kind in Scotland.

    BOURNEMOUTH: Firm made bid to buy ABC cinema says developer
    A firm hoping to develop Bournemouth's ABC cinema site was invited to sell the building to a partly council-owned company shortly before its plans were refused...

    BRIGHTON: Campaigners fear Hippodrome about to be sold and converted to non-theatre use
    The Theatre Trust, which rates the Hippodrome as the most at-risk theatre in the country, has just written to Brighton and Hove City Council after hearing that current owners Academy Music Group (AMG) may be about to sell it.

    CIRENCESTER: Doubts over proposed cinema complex in Brewery Court remain
    The proposed development in Brewery Court includes a four-screen cinema, six shops, four restaurants and a 110-bed student accommodation.
    But planning permission is set to expire on November 24, as construction work has not started.

    EDINBURGH (Leith): Landmark Art Deco cinema to be reborn for Hidden Door festival
    A landmark art deco cinema "left to ruin" in the heart of Edinburgh's Leith is to be reborn as a cultural venue next year.
    The State Cinema, opened in 1938 and home for a number of different uses since, is to be part of the Hidden Door festival in May and June.

    GLASGOW: Scotland’s largest Odeon Luxe cinema to launch
    An announcement confirmed that Odeon Glasgow Quay will fully launch as an Odeon Luxe on 15th November.
    The cinema will have a total of 937 handmade reclining seats across 12 upgraded screens, offering film fans triple the legroom...

    GORLESTON: Where do you watch your blockbusters? The big screen still offers that movie magic
    The Palace at Gorleston has just opened its doors and owner Patrick Duffy is planning a glitzy premiere-style formal event in early November.

    KINGS LYNN: Majestic Cinema withdraws plans to expand
    West Norfolk council’s planning website now says that the application has been withdrawn, without further explanation. The Majestic has not yet commented on why it has been withdrawn

    WALKDEN: 'Exciting' designs revealed for new cinema at Town Centre
    A new cinema and bowling alley could be coming to a shopping centre as part of exciting new plans.


    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 30th October 2017

    LONDON (Lewisham): Picturehouse under fire over living wage as it bids to open in Ladywell
    Union members and protesters are urging the Mayor of Lewisham to reject a cinema chain’s proposal to take over a publicly-owned Victorian bath house in Ladywell.

    BATHGATE: West Lothian Council seek views of the future of the Regal Theatre
    West Lothian Council is seeking the views of local residents on the future management of the Regal Community Theatre in Bathgate.
    The council owns the B-listed art deco former cinema building at the heart of Bathgate and has been managing the building since the previous board went into liquidation.

    BOURNEMOUTH: ABC plans turned down by council
    Plans to demolish the bulk of Bournemouth’s former ABC cinema and build a block of 62 flats have been comprehensively rejected.
    A planning officer said the scheme would be against a string of council policies.

    COLCHESTER: Fire breaks out in derelict former cinema
    An investigation is underway to find out what caused a large fire to break out at a derelict building in Colchester.
    Around 50 firefighters tackled the blaze at the former Odeon cinema in Crouch Street early on the morning of Sunday 29 October.

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    HARWICH: Electric Palace £700k renovation plans submitted to Tendring Council
    Major plans to preserve a historic cinema for the next century have been submitted as part of a £700,000 project.

    NORTHALLERTON: Plans for cinema, shops and homes on the site of first custom built jail in England take a leap forward
    Ambitious plans that could bring a cinema, shops and homes on the site of the first custom built jail in England have taken a leap forward with the sealing of a formal legal agreement.

    OSWESTRY: Cinema plans put forward
    Plans have been put forward for a change of use of The Citadel in King Street, Oswestry to make way for a single screen, 112 seat cinema.

    SALFORD: Save the Victoria Theatre
    The group, dedicated to the acquisition and restoration of the Victoria Theatre, Great Clewes Street, Salford, reports on progress...