Past News

    Please find below an archive of our News and Press Releases for the four weeks previous to the current News page.

    Week commencing Monday 26th August 2019

    BIRKENHEAD: Bingo caller hands in his microphone after 33 years
    Mark began his working career as a trainee projectionist at Birkenhead's old Classic cinema - recently demolished after a major fire - where he stayed for more than a decade.
    BIDEFORD: Plans revealed for 180-seat cinema, hotel and fast food outlets
    Plans for a four-screen cinema, hotel and new fast food outlets at a Devon shopping centre have gone on display to the public...
    The proposals outline plans for the Affinity Devon Shopping Centre in Bideford, North Devon, include a Travelodge hotel, 180-seat Scott Cinema, KFC and Subway restaurants and a takeaway coffee shop.

    BOGNOR REGIS: Changes planned for Picturedrome cinema
    Proposed changes to the Picturedrome cinema in Bognor Regis have been submitted by the town council.
    The works would include internal alterations to the lobby and front desk area as well as an extra door to the left of the main entrance.

    EXETER: Odeon cinema reveals huge changes which customers will love
    Exeter's Odeon cinema could be about to undergo major changes that customers have been desperate to see.
    Currently the historic building doesn't have air conditioning or heating, but the cinema's general manager Ros Ryman has revealed that this could be about to change.
    [Confusingly, the article includes video history of the Drake/Odeon in Plymouth!]

    LYME REGIS: Could high-end apartments save fire-stricken cinema?
    Owners of the fire-stricken Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis are considering building two high-quality apartments on the site (at the rear) to offset “extremely high build costs” of a new single-screen cinema.

    MARLBOROUGH: Rotting joists and rickety stairs delay cinema plan
    Image Cinemas now need listed building approval to sort out the wood problems at the the former Congregational Chapel so it can push on with its plans for the Parade Cinema.

    NUNEATON: Odeon set for luxury upgrade
    'Something special' is happening at Nuneaton's Odeon cinema say bosses as a huge refurbishment is underway.
    Luxury reclining seats are among the new additions at the cinema in Bermuda Park.

    PRESTON: Cinema plan moves forward
    Developers Muse and Maple Grove will work in partnership to take Preston city centre’s new cinema scheme forward, it has been revealed.

    SCARBOROUGH: Here's the latest update on plans for North Bay cinema complex
    The long-running saga over Scarborough’s multiplex cinema could, at last, be heading for a conclusion.
    The newly revised scheme that will go before councillors (on 5th September) is for a six-screen cinema with 53 apartments, a gym, sky bar, five restaurants and five retail units.

    SHREWSBURY: Open-air cinema in town centre
    Shrewsbury town centre will stage an open-air cinema for the first time on September 7.
    A special showing of the film Quadrophenia will be staged on a giant screen in the courtyard of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

    WALES: The Luna Cinema open-air events at castles in Cardiff and Swansea
    As part of the UK’s largest ever season of cinema under the stars, The Luna Cinema returns to Cardiff Castle and Oystermouth Castle, Swansea with a selection of new award-winning blockbusters and cult classic films.


    THAILAND: New Book Explores Thailand’s Lost Movie Theaters
    Philip Jablon’s 'Thailand's Movie Theatres: Relics, Ruins and The Romance of Escape' showcases an American photographer's decade-long quest to document the unique buildings in the country.


    Week commencing Monday 19th August 2019

    UNITED KINGDOM: The UK's cheapest cinema is in Wales and adult tickets are just £3 each
    Going to the cinema often isn't the cheapest way to relax, especially if you're taking the whole family.
    But it doesn't always have to cost an arm and a leg - and the cheapest cinemas in the UK have been revealed, with a Welsh picture house coming out on top.

    LONDON (Kentish Town): Owner insists cinema really IS coming
    Street artists had daubed slogans on the building claiming the cinema would never be built...
    In 12 months’ time, film fans will be settling down into deep seats to feast their eyes on a new screen in the heart of Kentish Town – nearly eight years after plans were first mooted.

    BOVEY TRACEY: Plan to transform derelict town centre pub into bar and cinema
    New plans to convert a former pub in Bovey Tracey into a new 118-seat cinema theatre with a café, bar and a restaurant have been proposed.
    More than £288,000 was raised back in 2017 to save the derelict 16th century pub in Bovey Tracey, the historic King of Prussia, situated in Fore Street.

    GLASGOW: ABC venue has a 'real and ongoing risk to public safety'
    Glasgow's ABC music venu is a “real and ongoing” threat to public safety following last year’s fire at Glasgow School of Art, the developers behind a project to rebuild it have claimed.

    LIVERPOOL (Garston): Ambitious £5m plan to transform abandoned theatre and return it to 'glory days'
    An incredible £5m plan has been created to transform an abandoned theatre and return it to its 'glory days'.
    The Garston Empire on Chapel Road has lain empty for around two decades.
    Now a local community group , The Friends of Garston Empire (FOGE), have come together to create a plan to revamp the theatre.
    SEE ALSO: Friends of Garston Empire on Facebook

    LLANGEFNI: Cinema plan for former court gets green light
    A disused court building in Anglesey is to be turned into a boutique cinema offering two-person sofas and snacks delivered to people in their seats.
    A plan to renovate the Grade-II listed building in Llangefni to "redefine the cinema experience" has been backed by county council planners.

    MARGATE: Dreamland sale could be subject to extra conditions
    Three independent valuations of Dreamland should be sought before it is sold by the local authority to its current operators, councillors have recommended...
    Thanet District Council's overview and scrutiny committee says the theme park in Margate should also be protected from housing development for 18 years - up from the 10 years agreed when a decision to sell the site was approved by cabinet members on August 2.

    PLYMOUTH: Experience the new 4DX cinema at Cineworld multiplex in jaw-dropping new video
    The new 4DX screen at the Drake Leisure complex, formerly Bretonside bus station, will have an IMAX auditorium featuring high-tech motion seats and special effects including wind, fog, lightning, bubbles, water, rain, scents and snow, in both 2D and 3D formats.

    It’s that time of year again as a dark green booklet flops into homes across the Capital informing us which delights will be available during the annual Open House Weekend. The vast majority of venues are just turn up and go in, but some need pre-booking in advance...


    Week commencing Monday 12th August 2019

    CHORLEY: Little Theatre’s new look
    The main door is now back where it was when the venue first opened in 1910...
    Part of the changes include a waiting area, and the original 1910 stained glass “Empire” sign has been cleaned and protected.

    GLASGOW: Wetherspoons plans new pub in historic Glasgow Southside building
    The pub chain J D Wetherspoon has applied to Glasgow City Council for permission to convert the former Waverley Tea Rooms at 18 Moss Side Road in Shawlands.
    The historic premises first opened in 1922 as the Waverley Cinema, with a seating capacity of 1320.
    It became the ABC Cinema in 1964, before closing nine years later.

    MARGATE: Meeting date set to examine Dreamland freehold sale
    A council meeting to examine the council’s decision to sell the freehold of Dreamland to operator Sands Heritage Limited (SHL) will be held on August 15th..
    SEE ALSO: A look at the Dreamland journey

    TORQUAY: A huge new cinema with 13 screens is set to be built in Devon
    Merlin Cinemas looks likely to be allowed to convert the former BHS store into a multi-screen complex in Union Street, Torquay.
    A planning report recommends approving the cinema with 13 screens ranging from 23 to 120 seats over three levels.


    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 5th August 2019

    LONDON (REDBRIDGE): Residents unveil vision to restore Embassy Cinema into 'cultural epicentre'
    Plans to bring a banqueting suite in Chadwell Heath back to its former glory as an art deco cinema have been given the green light by architects and independent cinema consultants.

    Historic booklet celebrates opening of Capitol Cinema
    A historic booklet which celebrates the opening of one of Aberdeen’s former movie theatres has been donated to archives.
    The Capitol Cinema, which opened its doors to the public in February 1933, sat on Union Street, where the Capitol Building office block remains today, 86 years later.

    First images released from Tivoli Cinema
    New images have been released by TIVOLI Cinema, the company behind an indulgent boutique cinema opening inside Cheltenham’s Regent Arcade in 2020. See also Work begins on building multi-million pound new cinema

    Developer starts works to clean up old Odeon
    Remedial works have begun to tidy up the derelict site of a historic cinema. Following pressure from Colchester Council, Blumarble Property has begun work on improvements to the old Odeon, in Crouch Street. Painting of the building started at the weekend ...

    EDINBURGH: Scotsman Hotel to open new boutique cinema
    The boutique, 48-seat Scotsman Picturehouse features ornate Edwardian cornice-work, wood panelling and bespoke red leather and velvet armchairs and sofas, each lit by table lamps.
    Opening to the public on Friday, it will a screen classic masterpieces, latest releases, modern cult favourites and curated cultural content such as ballets and operas.

    LIVERPOOL: Plaza sweet!
    The antidote to soulless multiplexes, Liverpool’s Plaza cinema not only offers low-cost film tickets but a community spirit that has brought generations of visitors through its neon-lit doors.

    Dreamland sale stalls after Labour and Green councillors call in decision by Thanet District Council
    A decision to sell Dreamland has been put on hold after a council decision to sell the site was called in by opposition councillors.
    The Labour Party and Green Party say the "rushed decision" needs more scrutiny on the deal between Thanet District Council (TDC) and Sands Heritage Limited (SHL) to make sure taxpayers are getting the best deal.

    PORT TALBOT: Plans lodged to redevelop former cinema
    Plans have been lodged to redevelop Port Talbot’s art-deco Plaza Cinema into a community hub featuring offices, 250-seat hall, gym and retail units.