Past News

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

    Week commencing Monday 8th October 2018

    LONDON (Dalston): The independent Rio Cinema shortlisted for Screen Awards' Cinema of the Year
    The Rio Cinema in Dalston has been nominated for two gongs, including a Cinema of the Year title, at the national Screen Awards for the first time.
    Rio representative Andrew Woodyatt said the cinema was “a bit like Madonna – we are constantly reinventing ourselves”.

    The petition had now passed the 40,000 signatures mark. Add yours here if you have not yet done so.
    The wording on the petition has been altered slightly to allow for recent developments, but the aim of the petition and the sentiment remain the same.

    LONDON (Harrow): V2V pastor wants to preserve Safari Cinema
    Pastor Douglas Goodman, who heads up the V2V Community Church in Harrow, said he fears for the future of Safari Cinema, in Station Road.

    LONDON (Waterloo): IMAX poster site could be lost to redevelopment
    Lambeth this week said it wanted to allow the construction of a tall (up to 130 metres) building on the site occupied by the drum-shaped IMAX cinema next to Waterloo station.

    BOURNEMOUTH: Imax 20 years on
    PICTURES: 20 years on: Imax – from high hopes to demolition

    BRADFORD: Great grandson of Odeon architect William Illingworth tours iconic building
    The great grandson of the architect who designed Bradford’s former Odeon has paid a visit to the iconic building ahead of work commencing to convert it into a live music venue.

    CLEVEDON: Historic cinema considers future after restoration bid turned down
    Ambitious multi million plans to refurbish Clevedon's historic Curzon Cinema have received a blow - after a funding bid for the project was unsuccessful.

    GUILDFORD: Borough Council buy Odeon cinema and Old Orleans restaurant as part of regeneration
    Deals for the Odeon cinema and former Old Orleans restaurant buildings have been agreed, although a price remains undisclosed.
    The council has confirmed that the Odeon cinema will continue in the same building.

    HALSTEAD: Old cinema put up for auction... again
    A neglected building which is more than 100 years old will be put up for auction for a second time.
    The Savoy in Trinity Street, Halstead, will be offered out to the highest bidder at the Holiday Inn in Ipswich later this month.

    MARLBOROUGH: Cinema to be open by next June
    Cinema fans are one step closer to having their own big screen in Marlborough after planning permission was granted and building work is due to commence in The Parade.
    The former United Reformed Chapel will be sound proofed and kitted out with the latest technology to become a 108 seat, two tiered cinema.

    WILMSLOW: Rex supporters asked to comment on cinema plans
    Film fans are being asked to show the huge level of community support for the reopening of the Rex Cinema in Wilmslow.

    Week commencing Monday 1st October 2018

    LONDON (East Finchley): Phoenix patron Palin hopes cinema doesn’t lose its ‘charm and independence’ in takeover
    Speaking to the Ham&High, Mr Palin said he had returned from promoting his new book on the Erebus ship to hear the news that Curzon would be taking over the legendary indie screen.

    LONDON (Stoke Newington):
    Arts venue Earth's community crowdfunder given boost by Hackney Downs firm
    Evolutionary Arts Hackney – Earth – opened last month in the old Savoy and ABC Cinema building following a multi-million-pound renovation.

    ALDERLEY EDGE: Plans for new cinema unveiled
    The Mundin family has applied to change the use of 23 Alderley Road and the first floor of 17 to 21 Alderley Road from a shop to leisure use so they can restore The Rex Cinema which was converted into a shop in 1996 and occupied by the MultiYork showroom.

    BOURNEMOUTH: Developer's bid to build flats on site of former Odeon and ABC cinemas is thrown out after appeal
    Libra Homes had planned to keep the cinema’s distinctive frontage with its colonnaded arches, but replace most of the rest in favour of a high-rise building with 97 car parking spaces.

    BRYNMAWR: Michael Sheen named as patron of Market Hall Cinema
    The star first became involved with the Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr in 2017, when he officially reopened the venue...

    CHESTER: Northgate scheme bill set to rise by £6 million
    The cash will allow Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to forge ahead with Phase 1 of the £300 million project.
    Costing £60 million, this phase will see the construction of a relocated market, six-screen cinema, restaurants, a public square and car parking.

    CLEVEDON: Multi-million-pound Curzon restoration on hold after failed bid
    Clevedon’s Curzon cinema volunteers and staff are ‘bitterly disappointed’ at losing out on millions of pounds for a huge restoration project.
    The board of trustees at the cinema applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) asking for £2.6million. The first submission was sent in December 2015, followed up by a resubmission last year, but it has proved unsuccessful

    DAVENTRY: Multiscreen £8.2 million cinema could open in Daventry by 2020
    Fresh plans have been unveiled to build a new cinema and restaurants in the centre of Daventry by summer 2020.

    HARLOW: Eerie footage shows what it's like inside (the) abandoned Odeon cinema
    The former Odeon cinema on The High has stood empty since 2005 and has been sold to a local businessman.
    All that remains to be seen from outside now is the crumbling structure.
    However, a group of urban explorers have braved the asbestos and mould to provide an exclusive look inside the derelict building.
    [NOTE - the video is 19 minutes long!]

    POOLE: tp bennett secures planning permission for a new cinema at The Dolphin Shopping Centre
    Designed by tp bennett, the leisure development will be at the heart of the shopping centre...
    One of the nine screens feature an open-air cinema on the rooftop, creating a unique destination for the town. Empire Cinemas has signed a 25-year lease as operator.

    STIRLING: hall marks 80 years in the city centre
    Stirling’s brand new Allanpark cinema first opened its doors to eager film fans in 1938.
    Now about to mark an 80th birthday in its more recent incarnation as the Carlton Bingo Hall, the impressive Art Deco building has remained a city centre landmark for decades.

    SWADLINCOTE: Bar once home to historic cinema set to reopen after revamp
    A new club is reopening on a former Swadlincote cinema site steeped in more than a hundred years of history after being closed for several months for a major revamp.

    WHITSTABLE: Cinema plans take step forward as Harbour Board shows support
    Plans to build a cinema in Whitstable have taken a step forward after gaining strong support from the town's Harbour Board.

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    Week commencing Monday 24th September 2018

    LONDON (East Finchley): Curzon to take over Phoenix Cinema
    UK exhibitor chain and distributor Curzon is taking over the operation of one of the UK’s oldest continuously running cinemas, the Phoenix.
    The single-screen venue will be renamed the Curzon Phoenix East Finchley
    Fans of Phoenix cinema fight to stop Curzon chain takeover
    Film enthusiasts fear the “unique spirit” of one of London’s oldest independent picturehouses will be lost if it is taken over by cinema chain Curzon.

    ADDLESTONE: 'Luxurious' six screen cinema set to open in town centre in October
    The new cinema, called The Light, will open on October 5 and will showcase the latest releases as well as live opera, ballet and theatre

    CREWE: 800-seater Empire Theatre signs up to town centre plan
    Regeneration plans for Crewe town centre have taken a step forward with the announcement that Empire Cinemas has agreed terms for a new state-of-the-art eight-screen multiplex.

    HARBORNE: Trespassers roam abandoned Royalty cinema in YouTube video
    Footage was recorded more than a year before devastating fire.
    There is no suggestion the people who made the film had anything to do with a fire which ripped through the building in the early hours of Tuesday, September 19.
    Arsonists suspected of starting devastating fire which tore through historic cinema
    West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service scrambled to the scene and spent almost four hours fighting the flames until bringing it under control.
    Station Commander Lee Baker tweeted: “Sad to see this Art Deco building has finally been ruined by arsonists. @Woodgatefire Red Watch did a lot of work with owners to keep it secure & have plans available for any incidents.”

    PLYMOUTH: £50m hotel tower and multi-storey car park plan revealed
    Plymouth could get another new cinema and two hotels as part of a £65million redevelopment of the Pavilions site...

    WHITSTABLE: Huge support for cinema - but only if it shows blockbusters
    Residents have responded with outrage to news a proposed cinema for Whitstable would only show films of “local historical and community interest”.


    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 17th September 2018

    LONDON (Haymarket): Save the empire cinema
    A specially commissioned short video of the Empire Cinema on Haymarket by Andy Hylton.
    This is the story of the last remaining largely unaltered 1920s entertainment palace in the West End with contributions from Richard Gray of the Cinema Theatre Association and Henrietta Billings of SAVE Britain's Heritage.

    FORT WILLIAM: Entrepreneur looking to set up two-screen multiplex
    Plans for a purpose-built cinema in the centre of Fort William will be lodged with Highland Council in the next few weeks, the owner of the land has confirmed.

    HARBORNE: Former cinema blaze treated as 'suspicious'
    A fire which ripped through an historic former cinema in Birmingham is being treated as arson.
    West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) was called to the old Royalty Cinema in Harborne at 00:32 BST on 19 September and were putting out the fire for eight hours.

    HULL: Odeon's amazing luxury new screens that cinema goers are RAVING about
    Hull’s Odeon will officially become one of the chain’s new Luxe complexes as customers are already raving about the new luxury screens.
    The Odeon cinema at Kingston Retail Park was suddenly boarded up in July - prompting worries it has been closed down.
    But thankfully it is actually undergoing a major refurbishment which will see luxury reclining seats and new screen layouts at four of the ten screens.

    NOTTINGHAM: Remembering the glory days of the city's Elite Cinema
    The Elite Building, granted Grade II listing to protect it for future generations, was once regarded as one of the finest picture houses in the Midlands.

    WELLS: Town’s impressive £5m Wells Maltings building finally set for official opening after refurbishment
    Now a popular north Norfolk coastal town is celebrating after one of its most historic and central buildings has been transformed into an impressive £5m community arts, heritage and tourism centre.

    WHITSTABLE: Campaigners angry over news that cinema would show films of 'historical and community interest'
    Residents have responded with outrage to news a proposed cinema for Whitstable would only show films of “local historical and community interest”...