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    LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 29th January 2018

    LONDON (Woolwich): Major regeneration plans including 740 homes, cinema and town square proposed
    Plans for more than 700 homes, a cinema and a new town square in Woolwich have taken a major step forward. A multi-million pound regeneration scheme for the area between Plumstead Road and Spray Street, including the Plumstead Road market, has been submitted to Greenwich Council.

    ABINGDON: A cinema could come to the Abbey Hall this year - though only on a temporary basis
    Hopes of bringing a cinema to Abingdon's Guildhall have been revived – but only until the building becomes part of a new 'community hub'

    AYR: Revealed: New plans to revive Kyle Centre cinema dream are unveiled
    Bosses at the ailing shopping hub have submitted redesigned plans to build a multiplex cinema in the town centre.
    Proposals include seven screens and a string of food outlets to open across the ground floor...

    BOURNEMOUTH: Former Westbourne Grand could see a Wetherspoons pub built on the ground floor
    The town's Civic Society has called for the building to be used as a heritage cinema attraction, and resist internal alterations.
    But Elliott Oram, of property developer Elliott Heron Ltd said Wetherspoons were very keen on the building.

    BURY ST EDMUNDS: Interest is mounting over plans to convert cinema complex
    Lifelong dream of picturehouse manager Pat Church to see additional screens at the town centre site is going forward...

    COLCHESTER: Northern Gateway plans given the thumbs up by planners
    After years of delays, plans for a a new 12 screen multiplex cinema, hotel and restaurants have been given the final go ahead by Colchester Council.

    HALSTEAD: Flat conversion will help to restore former Savoy cinema's appearance
    Designs for Halstead's former Savoy cinema have been revealed with the site set to be turned into a shop and six flats.

    LYME REGIS: 'Regrettable' delays in rebuilding cinema gutted by fire...but work IS continuing
    Owners of the Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis WTW-Scott Cinemas are consulting with county planners and English Heritage on a new proposal.
    A spokesman for the firm said there have been 'regrettable delays' in rebuilding the cinema, which burnt down almost two years ago, but reassured residents that they remain hard at work to find a way to move forward.

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE: Who would new Tyneside Cinema boss Holli Keeble like to play her on screen?
    Holli, currently putting the finishing touches to a new four-year business plan, talks of developing the venue’s artistic programme and broadening the audience to reach those people who have never been to the Tyneside before.

    RISCA: Palace to mark 105th anniversary with anthology of memories
    A library is appealing for people to share their fond memories of Risca Palace as the building turns 105 this year. Members of staff at Risca Library, which is situated inside the building in Tredegar Street, will be gathering people's memories and photos of the former cinema...

    STAFFORD: Fury as eyesore cinema is left to rot
    Mystery surrounds what the future holds for the three-screen, 400-seat cinema on Newport Road, which is in limbo after suddenly closing.
    Councillor Christine Baron said: “It is disgraceful the building has closed and fallen into disrepair. It is in such a prominent position in Stafford and it is a crying shame.

    STOCKPORT: Do You Want Sunday Cinema and Games? (1941)
    A film made in 1941 to support the Stockport Express wartime campaign for Sunday cinema opening, bringing Stockport in line with other local authorities.
    [Submitted to CTA E-NEWS by CTA member Nick Taylor]

    STORNOWAY:Isle of Lewis cinema to open on Sunday for first time
    The cinema on the Isle of Lewis is to open on a Sunday for the first time as part of a trial that has been opposed by Sabbatarian church leaders. The An Lanntair arts venue in Stornoway is to show a sold-out screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    STOWMARKET:Regal theatre and cinema one step closer to £2.5m development grant...
    The Regal theatre and cinema in Stowmarket is in line for a huge £2.5m redevelopment, pending council approval next week.
    The Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet are expected to agree a £1.56m grant in addition to a £1m loan for Stowmarket Town Council to fund the scheme, which council papers claim could increase attendance by up to 45,000.

    SUNDERLAND:See inside historic cinema before it's moved to Beamish
    The Grand, which would screen films to packed houses of 910 during its peak, was built in 1912 and closed as a cinema in the 1960s before becoming a bingo hall. It was donated to the museum by Angela and Gary Hepple who were using the building for storage.

    WELLINGTON:Group 'sad' as cinema hopes dealt a blow
    The Clifton, in Bridge Road, was last used as a cinema in the late 80s, but campaigners have been working to get it back into use over the last few years.
    However, developers MCO Marylebone have now submitted a planning application to Telford & Wrekin Council asking for permission to build 52 flats and retail space on the site


    Week commencing Monday 22nd January 2018

    LONDON (Leicester Square): Both the Cineworld (Empire) and the Odeon in Leicester Square have closed for refurbishment work. Cineworld apparently intend re-opening in February but Odeon just say "later in 2018", but neither of their websites give any more information.
    If you wish to know more about the Odeon site, go to Westminster City Council's Planning Department to see plans etc.

    LONDON (Brent Cross): Shopping Centre regeneration: Here's what to expect from the massive expansion
    Works to transform the historic Brent Cross Shopping Centre into a massive new shopping mecca are to begin soon.
    With plans for a cinema, 60 restaurants and 200 more shops, the new Brent Cross Shopping Centre will rival Westfield.

    LONDON (New Cross): The refurbished Curzon cinema at Goldsmiths has reopened complete with a new cafe
    The newly-refurbished Curzon cinema at Goldsmiths, University of London has reopened complete with a new cafe and a selection of special Q&A screenings lined up. The 105-seat cinema - in the Richard Hoggart Building in Lewisham Way - features 4k projection and Dolby 7.1 sound

    ALTRINCHAM: Everyman cinema deal advances...
    Premium cinema group Everyman is working up plans ahead of lodging an application with Trafford Council for a four-screen cinema at 74-84 George Street in Altrincham, which formerly housed JJB Sports.

    BARROW IN FURNESS: [History] - Walney got its cinema to keep island shipyard workers out of the pubs
    The Walney cinema, in Natal Road, was opened in 1915 in an effort to provide entertainment for thousands of extra munitions workers at Vickers during the First World War...

    BIRMINGHAM (Kings Heath): New plans to restore historic former cinema
    After being bought at auction two years ago, developers are now finalising plans for the future of the building and seeking the views of the local community.

    BLACKBURN: First look at new £6.5 million cinema at former Waves site
    These artist's impressions give the first glimpse of how a new £6.5million eight-screen cinema could look in Blackburn.
    Blackburn with Darwen Council has submitted a planning application for the cinema on the former Waves Water Fun Centre site in Nab Lane.

    BLACKBURN: New cinema plans sparks memories from nostalgic readers
    Plans to build a new £6.5million eight-screen cinema have sparked a flood of memories.

    BOURNEMOUTH: What will happen to Westbourne's former Grand cinema and bingo hall?
    Lovers of historic buildings are waiting to see what will become of Westbourne’s Grand after the last bingo game took place there.
    The building, which opened as a cinema in 1922, has been sold to property group Elliott Heron.

    BURNLEY: NOSTALGIA: Spotlight shines on the plush Savoy Cinema in 1953
    This corner of Burnley, outside the Savoy Cinema, was certainly bustling with life when the Telegraph photographer captured it on film in the summer of 1953.
    Many of the shoppers and pedestrians appear to be on their way for afternoon tea at the cinema's popular cafe, which was, in its day, considered very plush.

    COLCHESTER: Curzon cinema is delayed... but £30m town centre overhaul plans are 'imminent'
    The project had already been delayed until next month but yesterday a spokesman admitted the three-screen cinema is more likely to open in June or July. It is understood the delay is a result of long-running work to the building which meant Curzon's own fitting team was not given permission to get on site until last week.

    KINGS LYNN: Between Baroque and an art place: The history inside the much-loved Majestic Cinema
    The Majestic Cinema first opened its doors in May 1928, as movies moved from silent to sound and old Hollywood glamour dominated peoples’ social lives.
    Fast forward 90 years and the Majestic is still as popular as ever.

    LIVERPOOL (Kirkby): ‘Eye-sores’ to make way for new leisure developments
    Knowsley Council is set to demolish three empty “eye-sores” in Kirkby town centre to make way for new leisure developments.
    The sites have been earmarked for a new leisure scheme, including a cinema and three bars and restaurants, to be delivered by St. Modwen.
    Reel Cinemas has already agreed a deal to anchor the proposed scheme, with St. Modwen expected to submit a planning application for the development this summer.

    LONGRIDGE: Historic Palace Cinema is set to wow Longridge once again
    Work has begun to return Longridge's historic Palace Cinema to its former glory, making it bigger and better than it has ever been before. Scaffolding is currently in place on the outside of the cinema in Market Place, while necessary repairs to the building take place.

    LONDON (Brixton): Ritzy fund soars in response to management threats
    Management at Brixton’s Ritzy cinema has escalated the nationally important dispute there by threatening to lock out workers campaigning to be paid the official living wage...

    NEWTON ABBOT: [History] - Odeon opened in February 1936
    With the talk of a new cinema being mentioned as one of the possibilities in plans being discussed for redeveloping Newton Abbot, I thought I would look back to a fondly remembered building in the town, the former Odeon cinema.

    OXFORD: Salad hired to rebrand Ultimate Picture Palace cinema
    An agency from Dorset was hired to boost the image of an arthouse cinema which promises “no adverts, no popcorn, no talking”.
    Poole-based Salad provided the rebrand of the 100-year-old Ultimate Picture Palace (UPP), one of the oldest independent cinemas in the country.

    PORTH: Rundown former cinema and bingo hall up for auction for just £18k
    The large two-storey Grade II-listed building was formerly known as the Empire Cinema, but is now in such a bad state of repair that it cannot be viewed internally due to safety fears.

    SLEAFORD: 'It's a fantastic opportunity' - new cinema planned for Lincolnshire
    People in Sleaford are thrilled that a cinema is set to be coming to the town.
    It will be based at the back of the Corn Exchange, which is opposite the market place in Sleaford.

    STOCKPORT: How £1bn is being spent in a bid to create a town people can be really proud of
    'We want people to do what the band Blossoms do on tour, when asked where they are from, not say Manchester'

    STRETFORD: Trafford to sign off refreshed masterplan
    Trafford Council is set to approve an updated masterplan for Stretford, including a new university, student accommodation, and the potential compulsory purchase of the Essoldo cinema, following feedback from more than 1,500 consultation respondents.
    Neighbouring buildings will be redeveloped while the Essoldo will be refurbished and reused. Potential uses put forward by consultees include a cinema, music venue, or community space.

    WESTON-SUPER-MARE: Cineworld opened on Friday 26 February 2018
    The cinema held a preview event, with the town’s top brass invited to a film screening and a tour of the eight-screen multiplex.
    North Somerset councillor Felicity Baker was tasked with officially opening the cinema, and told a packed auditorium the Dolphin Square revamp has made Weston ‘a place where people are proud to live, work and play’.

    WEYBRIDGE: Cinema could return to vacant Weybridge Hall site, more than 50 years after it closed
    A planning application has been submitted by Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) to convert the currently vacant Weybridge Hall in Church Street into a two-screen, independent cinema.

    WOODHALL SPA: Plans to expand cinema after 75% rise in admissions
    Plans have been submitted for a third screen and 92-seat auditorium to be built at Kinema in the Woods.
    Owners of the site have lodged the proposals with East Lindsey District Council to expand the site on Coronation Road in Woodhall Spa.



    LONDON: Curtain comes down on British Film Institute's £130m South Bank base
    It was backed by some of British cinema's brightest stars, but a plan to create a film and television hub for the UK was finally abandoned yesterday.

    LONDON (Bloomsbury): From 26th January, Bertha DocHouse, London’s documentary cinema located inside Curzon Bloomsbury will be screening the Cannes award-winning The Cinema Travellers, co-directed by Amit Madheshiya & Shirley Abraham.
    Since the 1940s, travelling cinemas have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in rural India. Yet seven decades on, the exhibition landscape has changed dramatically. Their travelling lorries are unreliable. Their cinema projectors are falling apart. Film prints are becoming increasingly scarce. And their original audiences are being lured away by slick digital technology. Filmed over five years, The Cinema Travellers accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden - to keep the last travelling cinemas of the world running.
    Screening exclusively at Bertha DocHouse, under the ‘DocHouse First’ moniker, the first weekend of screenings of The Cinema Travellers are now on sale.

    ALTRINCHAM: Everyman reveals plan to open cinema in former JJB Sports unit in town centre
    Everyman is planning to open a cinema in the former JJB Sports unit in Altrincham town centre. The boutique cinema chain, which has 22 venues across England, is working up proposals ahead of submitting a planning application to Trafford Council for a four-screen cinema in the currently vacant unit

    BISHOP AUCKLAND: See inside 'lost cinema' where undiscovered remains have been found
    The Kings in Bishop Auckland was at one time one of four cinemas in the town alongside The Eden, The Hippodrome and The Odeon.
    Originally an assembly hall, it was converted into a picture house in 1902 and after numerous relaunches eventually closed in 1960.

    BLACKBURN: Revamp of The Exchange building — take a look inside
    Once a building which gave the town its beating heart, The Exchange lay barren and empty for 12 years after The Apollo cinema left the building in 2005.

    BRADFORD: 'City centre will become a very different place', meeting is told
    St George's Hall is one of six schemes discussed by the Council's Executive Board at a meeting yesterday.
    Councillors heard how work is progressing on the music hall, with the building due to reopen with a "soft" launch towards the end of 2018.

    BRADFORD: Nostalgia
    Talking Pictures
    Over the years Bradford has enjoyed a healthy connection with the cinema world. From the last decade of the 19th century the city was a hive of activity with experiments in film-making, camera construction and projector development...

    BRADFORD: Competition - Odeon (former New Victoria)
    Bradford Live is recruiting an architect to deliver a £15 million restoration of Bradford’s decaying 1930 Odeon cinema.
    The building was due to be demolished as part of a competition-winning £35 million commercial scheme by Carey Jones. This won planning in 2009 but was abandoned three years later.
    See also: More than £75 million committed to ongoing city centre regeneration projects

    BOURNEMOUTH: Bingo club to close after owner is forced to sell the Grand in Westbourne
    A Bingo club which has operated in a historic cinema building for almost 40 years will close on Sunday week after the owner sold up. Owner Simon Bartlam said he was forced to sell the Grand in Westbourne because the business was no longer viable.

    BURY ST EDMUNDS: Work begins on creating two new screens at the Abbeygate Cinema
    There’s been many changes and conversions at the Abbeygate Cinema over the years. Now builders are back inside the building in Bury St Edmunds to prepare for conversion of the neighbouring former bingo hall into two new screens

    CASTLEFORD: A new life for Picture House?
    A former theatre which has sat burnt and blackened since a fire last year is to be transformed into a new venue for the community. The former Castleford ... Ideas for the site are in there early stages - and Mr Karvani said he hopes to work with Wakefield Council to put forward a planning application.

    GREENOCK: Local historian puts readers in the picture in new book about local cinemas
    A social history expert is revisiting his love of 'the pictures' in his latest book. Local historian Vincent Gillen, based in the Inverclyde Heritage Hub, took a walk down memory lane to look at the history of legendary local picture houses.

    LIVERPOOL (Speke): This is when the cinema at New Mersey Retail Park will be opening
    The team behind the scheme have now confirmed that the cinema is set to open in late summer, with a date in July/August being likely.

    MANCHESTER: Plans in for £300m Great Northern Warehouse
    Developers Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson, alongside architect SimpsonHaugh and main contractor Laing O’Rourke, have submitted a planning application for a comprehensive overhaul of Manchester’s Great Northern Warehouse.
    Future phases of the scheme will include the redevelopment of the existing AMC Cinema, but will not progress until the cinema’s lease expires in 2022.

    PLYMOUTH: Gala Bingo and Reel Cinema closed because of flooding
    A bingo hall has been forced to shut its doors after torrential downpours turned areas of the building into a "waterfall". The Derry's Cross branch of Gala Bingo has put up a notice informing customers it's shut until "until further notice" - and it is not yet known when it will re-open

    RADSTOCK: Landmark building, with over 200 years of history
    In 1840, the building was enlarged, and in 1902, the congregation moved to a new Church. In 1916, it reopened as a Variety Palace, and subsequently became a cinema, owned by the pioneering theatre proprietor and cinema developer, Albany Ward.

    ST. AGNES: Iconic building and former home of the Meadery is up for sale
    In 1881 the huge building set just off from the main road was opened as an Odd Fellow’s Hall. In the 1930s the building was taken over and turned into a large cinema that proved a hit with the locals at the time.

    SUTTON: Empire: new cinema to open next month after huge refurbishment
    Empire Cinemas chief executive Justin Robbins said: “We are thrilled to be opening Empire Cinemas Sutton following an extensive building project. Customers will be able enjoy the very best in big screen entertainment, from luxury seating options to our unmissable IMPACT® and D-Box® screens.

    UCKFIELD: Picture House could be wedding venue
    Plans have been submitted to use one of the screens at Uckfield Picture House as a wedding venue.
    There are no plans to change either the inside or the outside of The Picture House...


    Fortnight commencing Monday 25th December 2017

    ABINGDON:Finally to get a cinema - for the winter at least
    Almost one year after plans to bring the latest film releases to the Guildhall were scrapped, a cinema will finally open in Abingdon though only on a temporary basis.
    The Friends of Abingdon have been working with an independent cinema to screen films in the Unicorn Theatre in Checker Walk this winter.

    CAMPBELTOWN: Oldest cinema set to stage yearly comedy film festival
    In the wake of a £3.5 million revamp, the 104-year-old Campbeltown Picture House will take centre stage at the Scottish Comedy Film Festival (SCOFF) in May 2018.

    GLOUCESTER: 'Where were your children last night?' Police warning after youths play inside old Cineworld building
    Police tweeted that two of their PCSOs and Gloucestershire Police Incident Resolution Team were attending to reports of "youths" inside the old Cineworld building at the Peel Centre.
    "We frequently attend the old cinema to reports of persons being inside. Whilst it may seem exciting and spooky in there, it is genuinely dangerous and you are putting yourself at risk if you go in."

    HINCKLEY: Shocking state of iconic Hinckley building revealed by police after break-in
    Police in Hinckley have revealed the state of the town's old Danilo Cinema after they were called out to reports of a break-in.
    Officers and a dog unit entered the building yesterday. In the end the four people they found inside confirmed they had just gone in to have a look...
    NOTE - don't bother watching the video at the top of the page - it is an advert for a mobile phone app!

    LEICESTER: Cinema confirms £7m transformation plan
    An independent cinema in Leicester has confirmed plans to add two extra screens by 2020 as part of a £7m expansion.
    The plan has been rumoured for a number of months but has now been confirmed by The Phoenix.
    See also Introducing Phoenix 2020

    MACCLESFIELD: New Year boost after latest cinema plans revealed
    Councillor Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: “A new cinema and restaurant development would significantly enhance the town centre offer and we are pleased to see the proposal moving to the consultation stage, prior to the planning process.

    WAKEFIELD: Cinema development approved for market hall
    Developers got the go-ahead to turn the site into a cinema complex with restaurants and cafes, this week.
    The development, Trinity Walk Leisure, is expected to employ around 100 people across the nine-screen cinema and up to eight eateries.

    YORK: Cinema re-opens next Saturday after £3 million refurbishment - with sofas instead of seats
    The Everyman, created in the former Reel and Odeon cinema in Blossom Street, will feature comfy sofas with tables attached, instead of traditional seats, and food and drink will be served to customers.
    The firm's revamp of the 80-year-old Grade II listed art deco building has also taken it down from five to four screens, and cut each screen's seating capacity.