Past News

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

    Week commencing Monday 27th August 2018

    CAMBRIDGE: Inside 1930s art deco cinema which has sat empty for a decade
    Long-term plans are being worked up for the old bingo hall in Hobson Street (former Central Cinema) and it is promised they will surprise people.

    HEMEL HEMPSTEAD: The Marlowes updates on refurbishment drive
    The Marlowes is also in the process of developing a new nine screen cinema that gained planning approval in 2017.

    ILKLEY: Cinema continues to go from strength to strength with opening of second screen
    The opening is the culmination of 12 months planning and building work to extend into the adjoining first floor space and also extending the outside decking area.

    LIVERPOOL: Inside the old Odeon cinema on London Road - amazing 1999 footage will bring back memories
    Former cinema worker Alan Ditchfield was allowed to film inside during its heyday

    ROTHERHAM: New look for Forge Island revealed, as developer is chosen
    "...we look to work collaboratively to create a vibrant new leisure quarter for Rotherham town centre, with a cinema, restaurants, hotel and car parking set in stunning new public areas the community can enjoy."

    SALFORD: Victoria Theatre Trust in race to stop auction of Grad II kisted building
    A public meeting of the Salford Victoria Trust heard that it is in a race to register the Grade II listed building as an 'asset of community value' and to stop a proposed auction of the theatre due to take place on September 6th.


    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 20th August 2018

    LONDON (West Norwood): Picturehouse seeks to vary planning condition for new Lambeth cinema
    The cinema, a joint venture between Picturehouse and the council that will also house a library, had once been due to open earlier this year.

    LONDON (Leicester Square): 35mm presentations
    If you adore the flicker, the cue-dots & the magic that celluloid brings to the big-screen... this is the page for you!

    BELFAST: Curzon to show a film again for first time nearly two decades
    Belfast’s Curzon is to show a film - for the first time since it closed its doors in 1999.
    The one-time movie house is now a block of flats, but its central courtyard is to become a cinema one more time to play a movie about the well loved picturehouse.

    BISHOP AUCKLAND: Town's long-awaited cinema complex moves step closer
    An eagerly-anticipated multi-million pound cinema complex is in the final stages of being approved.

    GLASGOW: £100m retail and leisure development on Clyde moves forward
    Lifestyle Outlets Glasgow Harbour is set to include over 100 retail stores, 20 restaurants and cafes, a waterfront promenade, a new state-of-the-art multiplex cinema, gym, family leisure facilities, public squares, plus major event space.

    GRAYS: Famous State Cinema to be transformed into Wetherspoons as plans approved
    Councillors on Thurrock’s planning committee have unanimously approved an application to redevelop a famous art-deco cinema into a bar.
    The proposal from JD Wetherspoons will see the State Cinema, on George Street in Grays, repaired, refurbished and transformed into a bar complete with beer garden.

    LOUTH: Plans are helping to ‘build a future’ for Cattle Market
    Plans to see Louth Cattle Market used for cinema and theatre events, cafe, parking and more are helping ‘build a future’ for the site, say Louth Market Auctioneers.

    PLYMOUTH: New cinema set to open in city centre
    Plymouth College Of Art wins over planners with bid for new evening and weekend independent cinema

    Amazon is planning to buy a cinema chain in the US
    Amazon’s plan is to purchase Landmark Theatres – the largest cinema chain in the US dedicated to independent and foreign film. Bloomberg reported that billionaire Mark Cuban and other members of Landmark Theatres’ owners were discussing the sale to Jeff Bezos’ ecommerce giant.

    The Tiniest Cinema in the Solar (Powered) System
    Imagine an intimate theatre experience with 7 of your closest friends…literally. And imagine that cinema coming to you!
    If you’re in the UK, you’re in luck! The Sol Cinema is a unique mobile cinema designed from a vintage camper.


    Week commencing Monday 13th August 2018

    LONDON (Greenwich): Cineworld opens UK’s first three-wall movie screen
    ScreenX hopes to change that. While IMAX and 3D production companies look to enhance the quality of the picture itself, Screen X is building dedicated three-wall cinema screens to expand your field of view and make blockbuster movies a more immersive experience than ever.
    See video about ScreenX on YouTube

    LONDON (Tooting): Have You Been Inside This Incredible Building?
    One of the hidden wonders of London can be found on the Mitcham Road, Tooting. Now an outpost of Gala Bingo, this 1930s treasure was once the Granada cinema and music venue.

    DOUGLAS (Isle of Man): Planning submitted for £25m cinema and hotel complex
    Plans to transform part of Douglas, including the building of a new cinema and hotel complex, have been submitted.

    GRAYS: Famous cinema to be turned into Wetherspoon
    Planning officers have recommended that plans submitted by JD Wetherspoons to redevelop State Cinema, on George Street, Grays, into a modern bar should be given approval.

    OSWESTRY: Plans for new cinema scrapped over funding issues
    Trevor Harris, who ran the Regal Cinema in Oswestry for decades, was granted planning permission for a cinema at a former church in The Citadel in King Street in December 2017.

    RUSHDEN: Latest on new cinema coming to Rushden Lakes
    Plans have gone in for signage at the new 14-screen cinema coming to Rushden Lakes.
    Cineworld will be running the new cinema when it opens next year.

    STRETFORD: Ex-Man Utd stars' university campus plans approved
    Councillors in Trafford gave the green light for the so-called "Class of 92" to convert the former Kellogg's head office in Stretford.
    The campus is the centrepiece of the former teammates' University Academy 92 (UA92), which will open next year.
    UA92 is part of Trafford Council's refreshed £170m Stretford master plan which includes proposals to redevelop part of Stretford Mall and bring the Grade II listed art deco Essoldo cinema on Chester Road back into use.

    WILMSLOW: Could it soon be ‘lights, camera, action’ for Rex Cinema?
    A campaign to bring the former cinema back into use has been gathering momentum, with the landlord reported to have entered advanced negotiations with an independent cinema company earlier this year.


    LOS ANGELES: New Academy Museum of Motion Pictures devoted to movies coming soon
    There is no major museum devoted to the movies in Hollywood, but that's about to change as the folks who put on the Oscars are a year away from building an Academy Museum of Motion Pictures...
    {Note that the noisy ad. at the start of the video is followed by a news report!}

    Week commencing Monday 30th July 2018

    8 quirky independent cinemas in Kent with ticket prices starting from just £3
    Going to the cinema is an expensive activity, once you’ve paid to park you then have to fork out for a ticket and some over-priced snacks, but it doesn't have to be that way...

    The cheapest cinemas in Wales (and the ones a few miles away that cost A LOT more)
    A trip to the cinema isn't as cheap as it once was - but in some towns and cities it is much more expensive than others.
    Some cinemas are up to three times as expensive as those in neighbouring towns.

    ABINGDON: Abbey Hall cinema plans pick up pace
    Cinema plans for an empty building in the heart of Abingdon are picking up pace with the submission of an application to bring the venue in line with health and safety law.

    CHELTENHAM: ...could soon have a new five-screen cinema
    Although the town has a number of theatres that show films, Cineworld in The Brewery is its only commercial cinema regularly showing movies.
    But that could change. A five-screen boutique cinema is one of the new uses intended for the huge vacant space in the Regent Arcade that was home to British Home Stores.

    HOYLAKE: Plans approved to transform former town hall into 'The Beacon Arts Village'
    The (local) authority approved plans for the Hylgar Properties development at the Edwardian building on Albert Road on Wednesday, August 1.
    It will feature a small one or two-screen cinema/arts space with associated cafe/bistro, fine dining restaurant, atrium cafe/bar with small retail units around a central courtyard

    PORTISHEAD: Restaurant, bars, cinema and homes could replace industrial estate
    Portishead Town Council is set to discuss controversial plans to demolish a thriving industrial estate in the town and replace it with hundreds of new homes and retail units at a meeting this week.
    Plans also include new cafes, bars and restaurants, a new cinema, gym and other leisure facilities, new shop units and community spaces.

    WARRINGTON: Pop-up cinema screenings to be held at the Town Hall
    Films will be shown in the council chamber of the Grade I listed building and guests will be given the opportunity to explore areas of the Town Hall they may never have seen, before taking their seats for the screenings.