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 4th May 2020

    LONDON (Kensal Rise): ‘We’re pausing our community relationships, not just the business’
    Rosie Greatorex of Lexi cinema says “Cinema is a sector which is going to be hit really hard by the pandemic.
    A lot of major titles have moved their release dates to 2021, so there will be fewer big films to bring in box office revenues.
    We also also don’t know how long it's going to take for people to feel comfortable sitting in an auditorium again."

    COVENTRY: Empire outlines plans for new live performance venue
    Plans have been submitted for a new 1,500 capacity performance venue in Coventry. It will be the new home for the Coventry Empire music venue, which is currently located in the former Paris Cinema.
    Featuring both a main stage and smaller performance space, with a total capacity ranging from 1,250 to 1,500, the venue will host events including live music, comedy and theatre.

    DAVENTRY: New cinema awarded licence as construction continues
    The four-screen cinema, in Mulberry Place, was recently awarded the licence – which allows it to show films, sell alcohol, play live and recorded music and serve refreshments.
    The £12.3 million cinema is currently being built on the former library site... Arc Cinema was named as the operator in October, with a scheduled opening date of Easter next year (2021).

    GIRVAN: Council swoops on crumbling South Ayrshire cinema
    The former Vogue cinema is in a state of disrepair and has been abandoned for more than a decade.
    South Ayrshire Council plans to purchase the building and land for £80,000 before demolishing it.

    GLASGOW: ABC venue looks set to be demolished
    Severely damaged in the second Art School fire in 2018, ABC has been shut ever since.
    Now said to be "overrun with vermin and sewage" the final objections against its demolition have been removed.
    Historic Environment Scotland had wanted to block the demolition, but the state of the building is said to have dramatically deteriorated since being exposed to the elements.
    Also HERE with more pictures

    SHEFFIELD: Former cinema goes up for sale, with £200,000 price tag
    The old Wincobank Picture Palace on Merton Road is up for sale with a price tag of £199,000.
    The impressive double-storey brick building dates back to 1914.
    The cinema closed in 1960 and the property has recently been used as a plumbers’ merchant.

    SOUTH SHIELDS: Historic cinema would join ranks of Customs House and Souter Lighthouse if campaigners get their way
    An historic cinema could join the likes of Souter Lighthouse, the Customs House theatre and Jarrow Town Hall if a decision to call in the bulldozers can be reversed.
    The three are among several heritage assets in South Tyneside which have been regenerated for public use in recent years.

    SWANSEA: Brand new music venue, offices and flats for famous Albert Hall building
    The new owners of the Albert Hall want to create a venue for 900 music fans and introduce office space, flats and a rooftop bar.
    If the scheme gets taken forward, the doors of the 156-year-old building would open again for the first time since 2007, when it was a bingo hall.
    It follows separate plans by Swansea Council to bring High Street's Palace Theatre back into use.


    Week commencing Monday 27th April 2020

    LONDON (West End): Planning permission granted for refurb of former Carlton Theatre
    The plans include the reinstatement of the West End venue’s original entrance design and improvements to accessibility.
    Internal alterations will include the conversion of two existing auditoriums in the basement of the theatre into four smaller auditoriums, an upgrade to seating in the main auditorium as well as a refurbishment of the basement bar and toilets.

    BURY ST EDMNDS: Historic cinema uses lockdown to continue major renovation work
    Renovation works have been continuing at the Abbeygate cinema in Bury St Edmunds during lockdown - and the team behind the historic venue claim it will be better than ever when it eventually reopens.

    CLEETHORPES: How Parkway Cinema hit Hollywood headlines for its coronavirus response
    Cleethorpes' multiplex cinema has made waves in Los Angeles for its 'lesson in how to treat staff' while also making a positive difference locally despite a near-total loss of income.

    GLASGOW (Govan): Cinema, Concert Hall And Restaurant Vision Drawn Up For Lyceum
    The owner of a rundown historic Glasgow picture house has submitted plans to use it as a cinema and events space.
    Under the new proposals, there would be a cinema on the first floor with nearly 500 seats.
    Ground floor space would be turned into a concert hall suitable for various functions.
    The application is pending consideration by Glasgow City Council officials.

    MANCHESTER (Stretford): Build your own Longford Essoldo Cinema for £2
    Yours to download for £2, the plans to build your own Longford Essoldo Cinema courtesy of The Modernist Magazine, shop and gallery.
    Something to keep you busy for a bit, after you've had a look around the rest of the website!

    NEWTON ABBOT: Blockbuster plans for Newton Abbot mutliplex cinema leap forward
    Plans for Newton Abbot to get a new four screen multiplex cinema in the town centre have taken another step forward – and could be delivered by 2021.

    SHEFFIELD: Heart of the City 2 prompts memories of popular cinema
    It was one of Sheffield's biggest cinemas, where film fans queued down the street to see blockbusters such as Star Wars and Jurassic Park.
    Now the old Gaumont cinema site off Barker's Pool will become a key focus of Sheffield's Heart of the City 2 - the retail, office and leisure development.


    Week commencing Monday 20th April 2020

    BRIDPORT: Renovations and repairs in store for Electric Palace
    An application to the council is now asking for permission to internal and external alterations and repairs to the first floor accommodation and the roof of the building which fronts onto South Street.
    The work includes the restoration of the large roof lights, which have been reduced in size over the years.

    COLCHESTER: Petition set up in bid to save old Odeon
    Denis Harvey has already gathered more than 150 signatures for his petition, which calls for Colchester Council to bring the cherished Crouch Street building back into public use.
    The building is dilapidated and long-mooted £10 million plans to turn the art deco premises, designed by cinema and theatre expert Cecil Massey, into 57 apartments have stalled due to financial woes.

    EASTBOURNE: Former cinema boarded up to prevent anti-social behaviour
    Sussex Police said officers, working with Eastbourne council and the owners of the Curzon Cinema, boarded up the building in Langney Road on April 9 in an effort to prevent people from engaging in anti-social behaviour outside the premises.

    PLYMOUTH: First look around new 'luxury' cinema in Royal William Yard
    New pictures show the luxury customers can expect inside the new Everyman cinema in Plymouth.
    The images show how the bar, lounge and three screens will look on the second floor of the historic Melville Building in the Royal William Yard.

    SOUTH SHIELDS: Fight goes on to save historic cinema after listed building setback
    Opponents of plans to demolish the former Regent Cinema and Mecca Bingo Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields, had tried to persuade Historic England of the building’s importance.
    But while the national organisation has refused, it is now hoped an application for it to be included on South Tyneside’s ‘local list’ could see it saved from bulldozers.

    WARRINGTON: The cinema that ruled the town
    It is hard to believe it was five years ago this month that the former Mr Smith’s building burned down.
    But for many readers it was perhaps best known as a cinema.
    The art deco building opened on August 23, 1937 as the Ritz Cinema, which was part of the Union Cinema Circuit, and was renamed ABC during 1960.


    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 13th April 2020



    ABERFELDY: Perthshire cinema faces £30,000 shortfall after being told their business insurance does not cover against coronavirus
    The team at the community run Birks cinema in Aberfeldy have been notified by their insurance broker that they will not receive any compensation for loss of earnings caused by the outbreak

    KENT: Six former cinemas and how they have changed over the years
    There are scores of former cinemas in Kent which are no longer showing movies and many have metamorphosed into bingo or snooker halls, blocks of flats, or something completely different.

    SOUTH SHIELDS: Campaign to save historic cinema which was designed by Sunderland architect
    South Tyneside Council has approved plans to knock down the former Regent Cinema and Mecca Bingo Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields.
    But now a former planning officer for the borough is trying to save the building from the wrecking ball by having it officially designated worthy of preservation.