Past News

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

    Week commencing Monday 30th April 2018

    LONDON (Crystal Palace): Get a first look at the new Everyman cinema
    After a multimillion-pound restoration of the building that previously housed the Rialto Cinema – built in the 1920s and in operation for 40 years before closing in 1968 – the four-screen Everyman will be kitted out with the latest in Dolby Surround Sound, 4K projection and comfy sofa technology.

    BATH: Planning documents reveal hope for new cinema at SouthGate centre
    Recently submitted planning documents have revealed plans to convert the former Jimmy Spices restaurant at the SouthGate shopping centre in Bath into a multi-screen cinema

    BLACKBURN: Vue cinema worries for it's future - amid news a Reel is opening.
    The managing director has said that two cinemas can't run in such a small area, like Blackburn.
    Kevin Styles worries that admission could fall by at least 40% when Reel is proposed to open at the old Waves Water Fun site.

    BRECHIN: Rescue plan being hatched for former Flicks nightclub building
    Originally opened as the 820-seat Kings Cinema in 1927, it has been on Scotland’s buildings at risk register for almost a decade.
    Angus Council is understood to be lining up a proposal to save the High Street property, which was a mecca for clubbers from across the UK at its peak, but for years has been an eyesore target for vandals.

    BRIGHTON: Astoria comes down as new scheme approved
    The demolition of the much-loved Art Deco Astoria Cinema has begun in earnest as work begins on replacing it with a scheme for 70 high end flats...

    CANTERBURY: Kingsmead redevelopment approved by councillors
    The redevOfficial start to Grantham cinemaelopment of one of Canterbury's prime sites with a multiplex cinema, shops, restaurants and almost 500 students flats has been given the green light...

    CHIPPENHAM: Astoria Cinema works finally underway
    Phase one of the £2 million project to build three new screens and a new foyer area in the downstairs part of the Astoria in Bath Road, as well as providing disabled access, has begun and the management behind Reel Cinemas say fans will not have long to wait to see the changes.

    DUNDEE: City centre multiplex 'will imperil future of Dundee Contemporary Arts'
    Campaigners opposed to the creation of a new major multiplex cinema have warned it could “imperil the future” of nearby Dundee Contemporary Arts

    GLASGOW: Kier lands lead role in £19.4m theatre revamp
    Kier has been confirmed as the preferred contractor to deliver the first stage of a £19.4m redevelopment project at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.
    It will be the most comprehensive redevelopment of the Victorian building since it opened as a theatre in 1878...

    GRANTHAM: Official start to cinema
    A start-up ceremony for Grantham’s multi-million pound cinema has taken place.
    Developers Tomlinsons are expected to hand over the ‘shell’ to cinema operators before Christmas.

    OBAN: Major upgrade plans for community cinema
    Oban’s community-owned cinema is undergoing a major upgrade with new toilets, baby changing facilities, improved signage and new flooring.
    It is the first phase of the work planned for Oban Phoenix Cinema. An open day is being held on May 17 when future plans for the venue will be revealed.

    PETERBOROUGH: Empire named as operator for Queensgate's multi-million pound cinema
    Plans to install a cinema in the Queensgate shopping centre were first unveiled in 2015 when the cost for the project was put at £30 million.
    A Lendlease spokeswoman said: “The new £60 million figure is the total cost of the extension including all the construction and development element...

    PRESTON: Demolition of Indoor Market moves closer
    Following the completion of the city’s new covered market, demolition work on Preston’s 1970s Indoor Market is due to begin in the summer to make way for a £50m cinema, leisure, and retail development.

    ROTHERHAM: Bingo hall back under the hammer
    The Mecca Bingo site in Rotherham town centre is set to go up for sale at auction in London next month.
    Originally opened in December 1934 as the Regal Cinema the building was commissioned by Thomas Wade Cinemas Ltd of Wath-upon-Dearne, and designed by Messrs Blackmore and Sykes, Architects, of Hull. It had seating for 1,825...

    WARRINGTON: The cinema which left the audience shaking in their seats
    NOSTLAGIA about the era of picture houses and dance halls in Warrington

    WEALDSTONE: Metro-land cinema site to become flats
    A locally listed building that once housed a 'metro-land' cinema will be the latest town centre site to be turned into flats. The development, on the site of the old Herga Cinema in Wealdstone High Street, was unanimously granted planning permission.

    WELLINGTON: Next step in new cinema bid
    The team behind plans to create a new cinema in the town's former HSBC building has secured consent for change of use under planning rules.
    The group was originally set up to establish a community cinema in the former Clifton Cinema building in Wellington


    LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 23rd April 2018

    HARWICH: Electric Palace cinema gets £650000 funding
    One of the oldest cinemas in the country is going to close for nine months after being awarded £653,000 to secure its ceiling...

    MARLBOROUGH: Lights, camera, action for cinema
    Doors to the new cinema in Marlborough could be open by Christmas after the project to turn a derelict church into a film house was given the green light.

    MONTROSE: Cinema’s potential £1 million windfall boost “is yet more evidence of the community’s desire for the facility”
    The Montrose Playhouse Project embarked on its most successful event to date in the form of a DIY SOS style strip-out at the old pool in November.
    Volunteers had helped save the project £250,000 and the team are now working behind the scenes to raise the capital funding required for the rest of the renovations which amounts to around £2 million

    NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME: Developer wins fight to build student flats on site of derelict nightclub
    A former cinema and nightclub is finally set to be turned into student flats – after developers won a planning appeal.
    Plans to demolish Newcastle’s derelict Savoy Cinema – which was most recently the Metropolis – were rejected by Newcastle Borough Council in May last year.

    SCARBOROUGH: Knocking down of Futurist Theatre should start in May
    That's according to Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet member Mike Cockerill. Already, the cladding that covered the building has started to be stripped off...


    Week commencing Monday 16th April 2018

    ADDLESTONE: 'State-of-the-art' cinema to open as part of ambitious town centre development
    Located in Station Road, the Addlestone One development already includes a Waitrose, a Premier Inn hotel and a gym. In addition, hundreds of new homes and a multi-storey car park have been built.
    It has now been announced that a six screen "state-of-the-art" cinema, called The Light, will open in July 2018.

    BRADFORD: Popcorn at the ready: Here's when The Light cinema opens in Broadway
    An opening date has been announced for the six-screen boutique cinema being built next to The Broadway shopping centre in Bradford.
    Operator, The Light, is to open the cinema’s doors on Friday, May 11, making it the firm’s tenth cinema in the UK and the second in Yorkshire.

    BRYNMAWR: Market Hall Cinema £100k demand 'would bankrupt it'
    Volunteers have been told to pay more than £100,000 to take ownership of the cinema they run.
    Brynmawr's Market Hall Cinema Trust members said they are being "held to ransom" and it would bankrupt them.
    They took over its running in 2013 on a short-term lease because Blaenau Gwent council could no longer afford it.

    CORBY: Odeon building could be partly demolished
    An iconic Corby building could be partly knocked down and turned into a block of flats if plans before the council are given the go-ahead.
    The art deco Odeon building - designed by eminent architect Lawrence M Gotch and opened on March 16, 1936 - looks set to be converted from a furniture warehouse into 19 flats.

    GRANTHAM: St Wulfram’s Church to screen films to bridge cinema gap
    An exciting new film programme is coming to Grantham thanks to a partnership between St Wulfram’s Church and Grantham and South Kesteven District Council to bridge the gap between the Reel Cinema closing next week and the new multiplex cinema opening next year.

    NOTTINGHAM: Here's what the centre of Beeston is set to look like with a huge new cinema and homes complex
    A new complex featuring a cinema, food and drink venues, and 120 new homes is proposed for land near Tesco.
    The two-acre site off Station Road used to have the fire station on it, but is now a car park.

    PLYMOUTH: Dad unveils plan to save beloved Reel Cinema
    A campaign group has unveiled its plans to save Reel Cinema – and turn it into a massive gig venue.
    Headed up by dad-of-two Karl Parsons, the group has worked up a set of proposals which would see the historic building handed back to the community, with a 1,000 person concert hall, cinema, rehearsal space, bar and restaurant.

    TIVERTON: These major changes have been revealed for town centre
    Proposals include demolition of Fore Street buildings, creating a bigger cinema and reviving the River Exe.
    The report includes plans to redevelop the Tivoli with a cinema building with supporting facilities...

    UTTOXETER: Historic former film theatre transformed into community venue after £15k revamp
    Generations of Uxonians will fondly remember the once-popular theatre-style screening room at the Elite Cinema, in High Street.
    Now a £15,000 donation from digger giant JCB - which equals the amount it cost to build the cinema in 1935 - means it will be resurrected as a special community room.

    Were you in Malta with the CTA in May 2012? Did you visit here? You may *ahem* remember this...
    This Post-War Adult Theatre In Valletta Is Slowly Evolving Into Malta’s Only Cinema-Bar



    LONDON (Kilburn): Why the famous Tricycle theatre is being renamed the Kiln
    The celebrated Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn High Road is no more – but fear not, culture fans, for it is set to reopen later this year after a multi-million-pound revamp as the Kiln Theatre.
    Continuing building work means the new stage and auditorium will not be used until September. Dating from the 1920s, it had been originally built for the Ancient Order of Foresters – but was soon used as a cinema and dance hall...

    CLEVEDON: Curzon wants £50k creative hub business plan boost
    The Curzon cinema is working alongside groups including Clevedon Chamber of Commerce and North Somerset Council to create a cultural quarter in the town centre. Waverley House, a three-storey office in Old Church Road, has been earmarked as a possible location for the hub.

    COLCHESTER: Crouch Street Odeon plans get final approval
    Multi-million pound plans to convert an historic cinema into apartments have finally been given the green light.
    The historic facade will remain but will undergo a significant clean up and restructure.

    HAILSHAM: Pavilion agrees new 20-year lease
    Hailsham Pavilion Cinema – described as possibly one of the most elaborate small provincial cinemas ever built – has agreed a new 20-year lease...

    IPSWICH: Former Odeon cinema could be converted to church by summer 2019
    The former Odeon cinema on Major’s Corner in Ipswich could be set to open its doors again to the public in the summer of 2019 – not to film fans, but to evangelical Christians.

    MARLBOROUGH: Big Screen dream is one step closer to reality
    Cinema plans have been given the green light by Marlborough Town Council planning committee. Developers hope to turn a disused United Reformed Chapel on The Parade into a 108 seat cinema

    REDCAR: Cinema forced to close temporarily over safety concerns
    An historic cinema has been forced to temporarily close its doors after serious structural defects were discovered.
    The decision to close the Redcar Regent has galvanised campaigners' resolve to keep the distinctive seafront venue open.

    SELSEY: Cinema and theatre plan submitted
    The trustees of a historic theatre and cinema in Selsey have unveiled plans to restore it to its former glory.
    The Pavilion Theatre on Selsey High Street was built in 1913, but fell into disrepair since closing in the 1960s.

    YORK: Cinema at stadium site begins to take shape
    The Monks Cross site appears to be progressing, with two massive steel frames in place for the cinema and leisure buildings, and builders say even more work will be visible within the next few weeks.

    Comfiest Seat in the House: Struggling Movie Theaters Go Upscale to Survive
    Cinemas offer fancy dining, high-tech screens and giant recliners to lure consumers off the couch