Past News

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

    WEEK COMMENCING Monday 31st July 2017

    LONDON (Islington): London's first pub theatre to leave home after 47 years
    The King's Head pub theatre in north London has announced plans to move to a £5.6 million purpose-built space. Widely recognised to be the first ...

    BOURNEMOUTH: Revealed: Plans to demolish most of Bournemouth's ABC cinema (but possibly restore its 1930s frontage)
    Plans have been submitted to demolish all of Bournemouth’s former ABC cinema except the frontage and build a block of 62 flats with shopping and parking.
    But developer Libra Homes has offered up the possibility that the cinema’s original 1930s facade could be restored, if it still exists under cladding added in later decades.

    CANVEY ISLAND: Cinema owner keeps security tight after traveller arrivals
    Movie Starr Cinema in Eastern Esplanade has been forced to monitor the door of the building throughout the day in order to keep their customers safe and to prevent petty thieving from a new group of travellers that have arrived on the seafront.

    DUDLEY: Merry Hill transformation: New cinema and restaurants part of £100m project
    The company has just bought the building that houses the existing Odeon cinema at Merry Hill and is now in talks with the chain to move them into a new cinema building that would be constructed at the rear of the centre.

    HAVERFORDWEST: UPDATED: Go-ahead for town centre cinema plans
    The council’s planning committee was meeting at County Hall and the ambitious plan for part of the Wilko site in Haverfordwest town centre was recommended for approval.

    HINCKLEY: From the archives: Danilo/Cannon cinema
    Burbage historian Michael Roberts is an expert on the cinema scene in the town. Here he writes about the opening of the Danilo 80 years ago...

    IPSWICH: Cineworld to formally reopen after major refurbishment
    Ipswich’s Cineworld on Cardinal Park is to formally reopen after a major upgrade on Wednesday after months of work that has transformed the building...

    LANARK: Hopes high that Regal cinema could reopen
    The fact that the Lanark Community Development Trust is planning a rebirth of the cinema as part of a double Bannatyne Street facelift was revealed...

    LIVERPOOL: Anglican Cathedral to host amazing cinema night for the first time ever
    The Anglican Cathedral will provide the stunning backdrop for three film screenings organised by the team behind Independent Liverpool.
    Offering a unique opportunity to experience the historic building like never before, the weekend-long event will offer exclusive showings of classic family films.

    LONGRIDGE: Help save historic cinema
    The Palace Cinema in Longridge has been owned by a local family for the past 40 years.
    But now they are planning to retire, and locals are worried they might lose this unique place.


    Week commencing Monday 24th July 2017

    LONDON (Dalston): Village Underground owners win approval in major plan to reopen art deco cinema as music venue
    Hackney Council has approved a multi-million pound proposal to turn a derelict art deco cinema in East London into a multipurpose arts and music venue.
    The art deco building on Stoke Newington Road first opened, as a cinema, in 1936 and screened its final film, Scarface, in 1984.

    LONDON (Dalston): London Mayor donates £40,000 to Dalston's iconic Rio Cinema
    The Rio Cinema plans to have the second screen finished in time for the release of Blade Runner 2049 (October 6, 2017).

    LONDON (Lewisham): Lewisham may finally be about to get a new cinema as proposals are submitted by Picturehouse...
    Three out of four of the proposed development plans involve building a cinema. Originally a Victorian bath house, Ladywell Playtower was built in 1884. It comprises of two large pool halls and other spaces for changing and offices

    ABERDEEN: Shopping centre plans boosted by approval of building warrant
    Stage one of the warrant would see the shell of the cinema development, including the foyer and roofs, worked on.
    The cinema would be 28,000sq feet, with the capacity to seat 800 people.
    It is understood the cinema project alone is worth almost £2.2 million.

    BLACKPOOL: Nine-screen cinema in place of hotel plan for town centre
    Plans have been revealed to build a nine-screen cinema in Blackpool town centre which would include an IMAX movie theatre.
    The Light Cinemas group is set to operate the new attraction which would be part of phase two of the Houndshill Centre.

    BODMIN: Petition supporting the creation of a four-screen cinema launched by Merlin cinema
    Merlin cinema has launched an online petition for people to show their support for their plans to build a four-screen cinema in Bodmin's Public Rooms.

    BRACKNELL: Opening date announced for new 4D cinema
    Cineworld has announced that its new 12-screen multiplex, which has been built at The Lexicon, will be ready for customers on Friday, September 15 - two and a half weeks after the shopping centre will open.

    BURNLEY: Get ready to take your seats for re-launch of new look cinema
    Phase one of the work at the Reel Cinema in Manchester Road, which includes brand new seating and a new look foyer, has been completed and the second and final phase is currently underway and expected to be finished in the next few weeks.

    HAVERFORDWEST: Town centre cinema plan recommended for approval
    The application - at Old Bridge - is to demolish and reconfigure the existing Wilko store and create a leisure development comprising five screen cinema, four retail/ food and drink units and outdoor seating areas.

    LIVERPOOL: The secret history of Lime Street - the stories new building artwork will tell
    When the site between The Crown and The Vines was cleared to make way for the £39m Ion development, Liverpool landmarks including the Yankee Bar and the old Futurist cinema disappeared.
    But they will be remembered in the 11 giant panels designed by Liverpool artist Anthony Brown that will be displayed above the shops and restaurants in Lime Street.

    SANDOWN: Homes plan for Rivoli cinema site
    Plans to pull down Sandown's historic art deco cinema, The Rivoli, to make way for six new homes, have been submitted to Island planners.

    SUTTON: Empire cinema reveal further refurbishment plans
    The firm has formally applied to Sutton Council for permission for refurbishments which include restaurants and cafes to replace the existing assembly and leisure area.
    The cinema, based in St Nicholas Way, is also hoping to design a new frontage for the building and to implement new entrance doors and an overhead canopy.

    WINSFORD: Resident buys historic Drill Hall in effort to save it from demolition
    The historic Drill Hall in Winsford has been bought by a Winsford resident who says the future for the building is ‘very bright’.
    ...the Drill Hall, formerly a cinema and bingo hall, had been sold to Simon Boone on Friday, July 21.

    YORK: Cinema chain plans revealed for old Odeon
    EVERYMAN cinemas have revealed some of the plans they have for the Grade II listed Odeon cinema in York.

    YORK: Community Stadium work will start in the autumn
    A new commercial development on the stadium site will feature a Cineworld cinema complex, including an IMAX screen, five restaurants and up to three retail units.

    ...and in other news

    IMAX Ditching 3D Films
    The 3D cinema fad is coming to an end, it seems. IMAX, responsible for the large-format cinema presentations, is planning to cut back on 3D film releases.

    Hammer Films plots immersive cinema event in London
    Hammer Films, the iconic British horror production house, is planning an immersive cinema/theatre event that will run in London in October.
    Dubbed Hammer House of Horror Live, the newly-commissioned experience will welcome up to 200 visitors a night to Hoxton Hall in east London...


    Week commencing Monday 17th July 2017

    BODMIN: Bodmin Public Rooms Trust urges new town council to review sale of public rooms to Merlin Cinemas
    It all started on January 12, when Bodmin Town Council sold the town's iconic Public Rooms to Merlin Cinemas, which was planning to transform the old building into a four-screen cinema.

    BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE: Wurlitzer organ and Royalty cinema share a Bowness 90th birthday party
    Music and film will help to mark a double 90 th birthday celebration for a Lake District cinema.
    The Royalty cinema at Bowness - and the Wurlitzer organ which sits next to its main screen - started life in 1927.
    To mark the event there will be a concert and a vintage film screening on Saturday, July 22.

    PLYMOUTH: Fewer restaurants and cinema reduced in height in revised plans for leisure complex
    New plans have been drawn up for a proposed £40million leisure complex with fewer restaurants and the cinema reduced to one level.
    If the new plan is approved the proposed IMAX cinema could have more seats than originally planned...

    USA - SAN FRANCISCO: Restoring Cinematic History: The Renovation of San Francisco’s New Mission Theater
    One prominent survivor that narrowly escaped demolition—the New Mission Theater—survived more than a decade of neglect to reopen in 2015 as a five-screen cinema. The project involved careful negotiation with the city and sensitive restoration in order to preserve as much of the opulence and historic ornamentation as possible while setting up the venue to be economically successful.

    CINEMA - but not as we know it!
    Samsung debuts the world’s first cinema LED display
    The display which they unveiled measures 34 feet and offers 4K resolution in a HDR LED display that has been designed specifically for movie theaters.



    LONDON (Hackney): A cinema lover’s double-bill: council approve licence for new Hoxton cinema as Rio launches crowdfunder
    The newest addition to Hackney’s roll-call of cinemas came one step closer to fruition yesterday, as Hackney Council approved the Curzon chain’s licence for the “showing of films and late night refreshment” on Pitfield Road, Hoxton.
    Construction on the new Curzon is expected to begin next year – by which time the nearby Rio Cinema in Dalston may well have launched a second screen...

    BEXHILL: Opening looms for new £3 million Wetherspoons
    The company has spent £3 million developing the outlet, which is due to open on July 18, on the site of the former cinema building in Western Road.

    BURGESS HILL: ‘Sooner we move forward on Martlets redevelopment the better’
    New River Retail’s £70m proposals include a new cinema, hotel, 142 flats, a modern library, parking, and an extra 50,000 square feet of retail space.

    COLCHESTER: Northern Gateway plans given the green light by Colchester Council planning committee
    Councillors have backed multi-million pound plans for a leisure park featuring a state-of-the-art multiplex cinema...

    GLASGOW: New nine-screen cinema to open at the St Enoch Centre
    A new nine-screen cinema will open in Glasgow by 2019.
    It will be developed at the site of the former BHS superstore in the St Enoch Centre after a multi-million pound deal by Vue Entertainment was agreed.

    GREAT YARMOUTH: Casino and cinema plans Edge closer as councillors unanimously vote in its favour
    A multi-million pound investment into the Great Yarmouth seafront has moved a step closer to becoming a reality.
    Councillors also unanimously approved an outline application for a large casino, an entertainment complex with restaurants and a cinema and an indoor children’s play area...

    GRIMSBY: £20 million Freshney Place Riverhead development moves a step closer
    Ambitious plans for a new £20 million leisure development in the centre of Grimsby - including a nine screen cinema and a host of big name restaurants - have taken another step forward.

    LANCING: Luxor revival plans submitted
    Conversion of the Luxor cinema could see the landmark Lancing building become flats and shops.
    The Luxor operated as a cinema between 1940 and 1965, later reopening as a bingo hall. But the building has long been vacant and was nearly destroyed by fire in August last year.

    LEICESTER: Odeon building still makes a big impression
    But, you may be surprised to learn that when it was first mooted, Leicester Corporation's local planning committee criticised the cinema's exterior...

    MANCHESTER: What should we build - and what should we demolish?
    Manchester is ‘bizarre’ in allowing its remaining old cinemas to disappear at a time when most cities are looking to retain them.
    “I think too often we only think about economic value and not human and social value”
    (Editor's Note: Hope that you find this long article of interest although not all about the cinemas)

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE: Subterranean cinema plans emerge for Grey Street
    A subterranean boutique cinema could soon be coming to Newcastle’s Grey Street amid proposals by Everyman Cinema.
    It has emerged that the rapidly growing leisure outfit is planning to open a plush two-screen cinema in Earl Grey House

    RUSHDEN: Council leader welcomes decision on second phase of Rushden Lake
    Works on the 14-screen cinema, indoor trampoline, climbing facilities and 461 extra parking spaces are set to start at Rushden Lakes following the announcements that the Secretary of State will not be calling in the planning decision...

    STAFFORD: Work continuing on new Odeon cinema
    Back in April diggers were at the Bridge Street site pulling down the old newspaper office... Now work has begun on constructing the actual cinema complex.