Past News

    Please find below an archive of our News and Press Releases.

    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 25th June 2018

    LONDON (West End): Heritage groups campaign for listing of 1920s West End cinema
    SAVE Britain’s Heritage and The Cinema Theatre Association – with backing from The Twentieth Century Society – are battling to secure listed status for the venue, which was designed in 1926 by Frank T Verity in partnership with Samuel Beverley.

    BOURNEMOUTH: Crazy golf plan for Imax cinema site
    The four-storey concrete and glass Imax cinema building was demolished in 2013. Critics claimed it blocked sea views and it was voted one of the UK's most hated buildings.

    CHESTER: Storyhouse wins prestigious national architects award
    Storyhouse in Chester is among the winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects 2018 national awards.
    Designed by architects Bennetts Associates, Storyhouse is a redevelopment of a former Odeon cinema into an all-day library, cinema and theatre operation.

    DONCASTER: Victory in battle to get South Yorkshire's movie history marked
    Campaigners are celebrating after a huge frieze which used to front a Doncaster cinema was recovered from a graveyard and will be displayed in a museum.
    More than 1,100 people signed the Cinema Heritage of Doncaster's group petition to save the 33 ft long sculpture, which used to don the front of the former Gaumont Palace...

    DUMFRIES: Closing titles roll at the Odeon
    A cinema which has served a south of Scotland town for almost 90 years is to close by the end of the month.
    It leaves the town, with a population of about 40,000, without a large-scale cinema for the first time in decades.

    REDCAR: Pictures reveal the faults in Regent Cinema which forced its closure
    The 217-seat Regent was built as a theatre in the 1928, when it was known at the New Pavilion, but became a cinema in 1960. It is not a listed building.
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    Week commencing Monday 18th June 2018

    UNITED KINGDOM: Why independent cinemas are booming
    The UK independent cinema market is flourishing as the three boutique chains, Picturehouse, Everyman and Curzon, engage in a flurry of openings.

    LONDON (Holloway): Restaurant will star at revamped Odeon
    Vacant shops on the Holloway Road side of the listed building would be converted into a new restaurant linked to the foyer of the cinema.
    The iconic Odeon sign, currently above the entrance, would be moved onto the tower, if proposals submitted to the Town Hall this week are given the green light.

    BASILDON: Race starts to build £20m cinema complex
    Basildon District Council has started the race to find a builder to deliver a £20m cinema and restaurant complex.

    BLACKBURN: New cinema row continues
    Cllr Roy Davies, said Blackburn with Darwen Council has picked the worst possible time to invest in a new cinema, according to an opposition figures.
    Council bosses are borrowing £6.5m to build the new Reel Cinema development on the old Waves Water Fun Centre site on Nab Lane.
    But Cllr Davies said dwindling attendances suggested cinemas could go the same way as pubs in the coming years.
    Fears Blackburn Vue admissions could be "cannibalised" by new town cinema

    BOURNEMOUTH: Letters to the editor: We need more cinemas
    Bournemouth should be looking to increase its cinema capacity to counter the woes in retail and increase its slice of the cinematic cake.
    The former ABC represents a purpose-built cinema that given a decent refurbishment could be back in operation far quicker than a new build or conversion.

    BOWNESS: Loyalty to the Royalty!
    Councillors have been quick to assure residents that the future of the cinema and the building is not under threat from the Council.
    However Charles Morris, lessee of the Royalty for the last 25 years... said “If the Council were not intending to redevelop the Royalty, why have they put it up for consideration?"

    GLASGOW: From cinema to concert venue via the circus - the story of Glasgow's ABC
    One of Glasgow's most storied buildings faces an uncertain future, after it was badly damaged by the fire at the Glasgow School of Art...

    GRAVESEND: Major step taken in Heritage Quarter plans
    Reef Group has now bought the £120m project, which was first mooted more than 15 years ago, from Edinburgh House and will work with the council to deliver new homes, shops, a cinema, restaurants and a hotel.

    LEEDS: Planning approved for regeneration of UK's last gas-lit cinema
    Planning permission has been granted to Leeds' Hyde Park Picture House for an ambitious refurbishment project, which will secure the much-loved community institution for generations to come.
    see also First look at Hyde Park Picture House's future plans for historic Leeds cinema

    LEICESTER: Nostalgia - Impressive cinema could seat 1100 film-goers when it first opened
    The Olympia (also called Olympia Picture Theatre or Electric Theatre) was located at Narborough Road’s junction with Walton Street.
    Planning permission for a cinema in what was in those days considered to be a “high-class residential neighbourhood” had been granted in September 1912...

    NORWICH: Historic England warns it will fight Anglia Square development
    The revamp of Anglia Square would see 1,200 new homes built, along with a new leisure quarter, 200-bed hotel, car park, replacement cinema and 25-storey tower block.
    On Thursday, Historic England confirmed they had advised the city council that they would seek for the application to be called-in if necessary.

    PLYMOUTH: Europe's first 360-degree cinema is about to be built
    It’s curtain up for Plymouth’s £7million immersive cinema as plans to transform Devonport Market Hall are set for approval..

    REDCAR: Boards go up at 'very unsafe' Regent Cinema as asbestos is removed
    Boards have gone up around Redcar's Regent Cinema as asbestos is removed from the building. The Regent has been closed since April...
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    Week commencing Monday 11th June 2018

    LONDON (Chiswick): Finally getting a cinema – and you can help name it
    Building work starts next month on the independent venture, with a planned opening in late 2019 and membership launching in the autumn of this year.
    If you know the area, this glam new movie palace will be occupying the site of the old Ballet Rambert buildings on Chiswick High Road.

    BASILDON: Empire to open cinema in town centre
    The redevelopment of Basildon’s East Square has taken a step closer after Empire Cinemas were announced as the provider of a new 10 screen cinema.
    The company once operated the cinema at Festival Leisure Park, which is now run by Cineworld.

    BURNLEY: Café bar plan for 'unique' Empire Theatre
    A trendy café bar is set to be created in the former entrance area of a historic Burnley theatre, despite efforts to preserve it as a 'cultural heritage venue'...

    GLASGOW: Iconic cinema site could be turned into bustling city centre pub
    The former Odeon Cinema on Renfield Street could finally be set for a new lease of life.
    Developers want to transform the iconic Art Deco building, which sits on the corner of West Regent Street, West Nile Street and West Regent Lane, into a bustling city centre pub.

    HERTFORD: Theatre could be set for £13.5 million investment - and it will show films on first release
    The cinema could have three screens showing the latest films...
    The theatre currently houses just one screen and rolls out films on second release – around six to eight weeks after they are first released to cinemas.

    MAPPERLEY: Secret door discovered in old Nottingham cinema
    A creepy mystery door has been discovered underneath the former Majestic Cinema in Mapperley.
    UK Ghost Hunts claimed to have uncovered the mystery door during a ghost hunt around the archaic building on June 8...
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