Past News

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

    Week commencing Monday 10th April 2017

    INDEPENDENT CINEMAS:Cinema entrepreneurs return indies to their glory days
    In its previous incarnations the room above the Spar in Clapton, Hackney, was a bingo hall, a shoe factory and a snooker hall.
    But in February this year the space in the east London art deco building returned to its original glory as a cinema.

    LONDON (Leicester Square):AMC to Undertake Major Refurbishment of London’s Iconic Odeon Leicester Square
    AMC Theaters is set to undertake a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of the U.K.’s iconic Odeon Leicester Square in London’s West End, AMC CEO Adam Aron said Tuesday.
    “We want to restore its former glory as the No. 1 site in Europe..."

    LONDON (Peckham): Peckhamplex owners respond to council’s plan to demolish cinema and carpark
    Talk of the council wanting to demolish the six-screen Peckhamplex and multi-storey carpark was reignited with the publication of its New Southwark Plan, which has earmarked the site for redevelopment with business units and 83 flats.

    Planners censor 'incongruous' cinema scheme
    Planning officers in Bournemouth have refused proposals to demolish all but the façade of a locally-listed 1920s cinema to build a 14-storey apartment ...

    BRYNMAWR:Cinema trust 'potentially exposed' people to asbestos, Health and Safety Executive claims
    The trust that runs a Valleys cinema has been told by the Health and Safety Executive that it “potentially exposed volunteers, employees and members of the public to asbestos”.
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was critical of how The Market Hall Cinema and Arts Trust handled asbestos in the building in Brynmawr, saying there had been “several significant contraventions of the law”.

    CAMBRIDGE:A plan for long-empty 1930s Art-Deco cinema could materialise 'within weeks'
    The old Gala bingo hall and former cinema in Hobson Street is next to the original location of Hobson’s Stables - where the term ‘Hobson’s Choice’ is said to have originated.
    Cllr Tim Bick said: “The owners are hoping that they will have their ideas for the building together within a few weeks.

    DEAL:Regent developers miss plans deadline but dream for cinema is still alive
    Regent developers have failed to meet the district council’s deadline for the submission of plans but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on a cinema for Deal.

    FORT WILLIAM:Cinema dreams could become reality
    A community group is fighting to bring a cinema back to the heart of Fort William after more than a decade without one.
    The group said the old cinema building, which closed down in 2005, would have been too expensive to resurrect but they have since found two shop units joined together perfect for housing two cinema screens.

    GRIMSBY:First look at Riverhead cinema and restaurant complex that could be open by end of next year
    Shoppers have been given the first look at plans for a new £20 million leisure development which would bring seven restaurants and a nine-screen cinema to Grimsby town centre.
    Hundreds 'impressed' with plans for £20m Freshney Place Riverhead cinema and restaurant development
    Nearly 500 people from across the region visited Grimsby's shopping centre on Friday and Saturday as the provisional plans for the proposed new nine-screen cinema and restaurant complex were unveiled.

    KIRKBY:Six-screen Reel Cinema coming
    Regeneration firm St. Modwen has signed a deal to bring leisure operator Reel Cinemas to Kirkby.
    The company will establish a 15,000 sq ft six-screen cinema in the Town Centre development, as part of a wider leisure scheme...

    LIVERPOOL (Everton):Former cinema could become homes
    Proposals to refurbish what was once Mere Lane Picture House in Everton and convert it into 45 one-bedroom apartments have been submitted to Liverpool City Council.

    MANCHESTER:Another piece of city centre history gone as the Oxford Street Odeon cinema is demolished
    The former Odeon cinema has stood proudly on Oxford Street since it was built almost 90 years ago.
    Planning documents state that the cinema has undergone ‘considerable change’ during its lifetime, including the addition of screens in 1973, 1979 and 1992, with many of the original features being removed.

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE:Work remains halted seven days after Odeon cinema collapsed to the ground
    Work is yet to restart on the former Odeon cinema - one week after the remains of the building collapsed onto Pilgrim Street.
    The Health and Safety Executive have issued an indefinite prohibition banning work being carried out on the site.

    OKEHAMPTON:New Carlton Cinema expansion due to 'begin work in the near future'
    Film lovers can expect a third screen and brand new toilets to be installed at the New Carlton Cinema in the very near future, bosses have confirmed.

    PLYMOUTH:Culture chiefs refuse to protect Reel Cinema
    It might be a rare example of interwar architecture – but a government body has refused to list it.
    The Reel Cinema, which is at threat of being bulldozed and being replaced with a high-rise building, has stood the test of time – until now.

    ROCHDALE:Plan for £60m retail development approved
    The planning committee approved Phase One of the Rochdale Riverside scheme for a complex in the east of the town centre.
    The development features new Marks and Spencer and Next stores with Reel Cinemas operating the cinema.

    SCARBOROUGH:Scarborough set for cinema war?
    Next week the borough council's planning committee will be discussing the plans for a cinema on the former Atlantis site and for a development on Newborough.
    Council officers are recommending that both plans are approved.

    WOOLWICH:Plans for town centre to be shown to the public
    Plans for a cinema, shops, restaurants, offices and up to 750 new homes in Woolwich are being unveiled to the public. A two-day exhibition is being held...



    ABERDEEN: Shopping centre’s cinema and restaurant expansion could see 300 jobs created
    BMO Real Estate Partners has applied for a warrant for the creation of a new seven-screen cinema at the Bon Accord and St Nicholas shopping centres.
    The cinema would be 28,000 sq ft, with the capacity to seat 800 people.

    BOURNEMOUTH: Now second plan for flats at former Odeon site has been thrown out
    A first scheme to demolish most of the former cinema and put up a 10-storey block containing shops and 84 flats was rejected last month.
    Now a subsequent application for a 14-storey building with shops, 101 flats and 102 car park spaces has also been turned down...

    BRYNMAWR: A cinema-goer's heartfelt letter begging Blaneau Gwent council to re-open the Market Hall Cinema

    DEAL: Help to re-open the Regent cinema
    Seven years on, we're still waiting for lift off... visit the website and help the campaign.

    GLASGOW: Cinema plans submitted for Princes Square
    One of the city’s most popular shopping destinations could see a boutique cinema built within its premises.
    Plans for a 205-seater three-screen picture house in Princes Square have been lodged to Glasgow City Council’s planning department

    GRIMSBY: £20m plan to bring seven new restaurants and 9-screen cinema to be unveiled
    Plans for a £20 million leisure development bringing up to SEVEN brand new national restaurant names to Grimsby, a nine-screen cinema and 350 jobs, will be unveiled to the public next week.

    KINGSTON-ON-THAMES: Boutique cinema and sky restaurant as part of £400m regeneration
    Planning permission has been granted to regenerate Eden Walk in Kingston town centre.
    The £400m scheme, designed by BDP Architects, will revamp part of the historic market town providing 28 new shops, 12 restaurants and cafés, 380 new homes, a boutique cinema and three large public spaces with space for events

    KIRKCALDY: Great response to cinema plans
    An exhibition outlining potential designs for a new cinema complex in Kirkcaldy town centre has an “overwhelmingly supportive response"...

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE: Going, going, collapsed... How the Odeon disappeared from Newcastle city centre
    Monday night’s events marked a dramatic end to a once-proud building as what remained of the old Odeon cinema collapsed into the street following months of demolition work.
    There were many other reports, as to be expected, including BBC NEWS and Scotland's DAILY RECORD

    SHEFFIELD: First look inside new city centre cinema ahead of opening this month
    A new cinema experience in Sheffield city centre is just over a week away.
    The Light will open on The Moor on Friday next week, promising a 'luxury' environment at affordable prices.

    SUTTON COLDFIELD: Driver smashes car in to landmark Empire Cinema building in Maney Corner
    Cinemagoers and staff at the Empire Cinema by Maney Corner had a fright, when a car smashed through its front door at the junction of Birmingham Road and Holland Road, on Thursday (March 30) at around 2pm.

    TUNBRIDGE WELLS: Cinema site plans released for screening by the council
    ...a cinema will be reinstated within the premises for the first time since ABC closed its doors in 2000...


    WEEK COMMENCING Monday 27th March 2017

    LONDON (Shepherds Bush): A look back at the history of a Shepherd’s Bush building that has been home to cinemas and a pub
    When planners at Hammersmith and Fulham Council gave their backing to transform a Shepherd’s Bush property into serviced apartments , it signalled another chapter in an extraordinary building’s history.

    Concern as loan costs rise to £21k for stalled cinema work
    Concerns have been raised following the news a loan taken out last March for the Picturedrome’s fourth screen will cost £21,550k in interest this year and a brick hasn’t yet been laid.

    DUNDEE: Multi-million pound’ bid to reopen iconic Dundee theatre
    An iconic Dundee theatre, crumbling in the heart of the city, could soon be given a new lease of life.
    Members of the Dundee King’s Theatre Trust hope to rejuvenate the former playhouse on the Cowgate.

    FLINT: New second screen should be open within weeks
    The Gaumont Plaza in Flint, which opened its doors for the first time in 40 years last year, will soon open its second screen in about eight weeks’ time.

    LIVERPOOL (Tuebrook): Could Carlton cinema finally be demolished or will residents be frustrated again?
    The dilapidated former Coconut Grove nightclub could finally be demolished - with a residential plan for the eyesore site expected soon

    PLYMOUTH: The book that could be key to helping save Reel cinema
    A new book will compile hundreds of memories from the historic Reel cinema as part of a campaign to save it from demolition.
    Author Ian Carroll is supporting a community-led campaign to save The Reel building by collecting people's recollections in his book, The Last Picturehouse: Saving Plymouth's Last Original Cinema Building.

    SLEAFORD: Lights, camera, action - Lincolnshire town set to get cinema
    Sleaford Little Theatre are looking at bringing a cinema back to the town after there was demand for films by residents.
    Film-goers used to be able to go the pictures in Sleaford, but the town's cinema closed more than 30 years ago.

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    INDIA - DELHI: Regal Cinema shutting shop from March 31; Will screen “Phillauri” as its last outing
    The owners of Regal were already devising a plan of turning the single screen into a multiplex. They were planning to close the theater and re-open it ...

    SWEDEN: Norway and Denmark’s largest cinema chain looks to shake up Swedish monopoly with ‘state-of-the-art theatres’
    Nordisk Film's first Swedish cinema, in Uppsala, is opening by the end of 2018 with five theatres.
    ... it is expanding to Sweden in order to challenge the near-monopoly enjoyed by Nordic Cinema Group and its SF Bio theatre network.

    U.S.A. - HOLLYWOOD: Chinese Theatre Complex Launching Esports Facility
    Owners of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood are planning to launch an immersive esports theater in its adjacent Chinese 6 Theatre complex.
    Plans are for the facility to function both as an MX4D Motion EFX movie theatre, as well as serve as what’s touted as the first immersive spectator theater hosting competitive esports tournaments...


    Week commencing Monday 20th March 2017

    BIRMINGHAM: The Electric calls for halt to advertising hoarding plan
    The owner of Birmingham's famous cinema The Electric is calling on the city council to drop plans to place a new advertising board

    HEATON MOOR (near Stockport): The family who save unloved cinemas
    Amanda Mundin rescued a small, dilapidated cinema in the Derbyshire town of Belper, re-opening it to great fanfare at the heart of the community.
    Now, she, with the help of her two sons and other relatives, is on cinema number three.

    LEICESTER: What's all the Fosse about? Why cinema was so special
    Now, here is – was – a fine Leicester cinema building. I often drove past it and made a note to go and see a film there...

    MANCHESTER: Squatters have taken over the old Cornerhouse cinema and turned it into a makeshift art gallery
    Members of the group, who have given themselves the name Loose Space, told the M.E.N. they are planning to put on their own film screenings...

    STAFFORD: Diggers move on to the cinema site
    It looks as though work is beginning on building the new Odeon cinema in Stafford.
    The six-screen movie theatre at Riverside and Bridge Street has been given the go ahead following an amended planning application

    in the OVERSEAS NEWS

    PAKISTAN: Shopping Mall to replace over 100-year old Odeon cinema
    The 120-year old building is going to become a part of the past, thanks to Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) which has decided to demolish the structure next month and construct a shopping mall at the place.

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: The 21 most spectacular theaters
    Included for the wonderful pictures, the buildings shown include symphony halls, opera houses, performing arts centres as well as theatres.
    Some interesting links on the page may mean you will need plenty of time...