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 3rd February 2020

    LONDON (Mortlake): Take a first look around this massive new development at Stag brewery site
    These massive plans for the Stag Brewery site in Mortlake have been approved by Richmond council, making it the biggest development in the borough.
    But its large size and complexity will mean it will be a number of years yet before anything is built.
    For film lovers there will be a stand-alone cinema building at the entrance to the site...

    LONDON (Streatham): Save the 'at risk' Streatham Hill Theatre for the community
    The next step in our campaign to save the 'at risk' Streatham Hill Theatre is to carry out a viability study to look at sustainable options for its future use for the benefit of the community.
    We need to pay for this work so we are asking you to please pledge to our crowd-funder.

    BRIGHTON: MP calls for urgent repairs to at-risk (again) Hippodrome
    Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas has called for urgent repairs to the Hippodrome as it tops the list of the UK’s most at-risk theatres for the fifth time.
    The Hippodrome’s current owner Hipp Investments unveiled a first look at its plans for the Grade II* listed theatre a year ago – but a promised consultation never took place after Historic England said it needed to build a sustainable business case.

    CROMARTY: New 35-seat cinema opens its doors
    One of the smallest cinemas in the UK has opened in a Highlands village after two years of planning and fundraising.
    The project has been led by Cromarty and Resolis Film Society and the Cromarty Film Festival.

    KIRKCALDY: The night the Carlton Bingo Hall went up in flames (in 1972)
    The blaze at the Carlton Bingo Hall on the corner of St Clair Street and Park Road broke out in the early hours of Thursday, November 23, 1972 which would leave the building in total ruins.

    PLYMOUTH: Developers put forward plan to turn Reel Cinema into hotel, flats and event space
    Campaigners say cinema could still be save as a much-needed cultural venue for Plymouth

    STAFFORD: Cinema up for auction for £350k months after being saved
    The freehold of Stafford Cinema is being offered by auctioneers Acuitus in London on February 12.
    The historic venue reopened in October, eight months after it closed having been saved the first round by AJH Cinema in April 2018.


    Week commencing Monday 27th January 2020

    LONDON (Hammersmith): Moving Riverside Studios into the digital age
    In 2014, Riverside closed its doors for much-needed renovation...
    In its place is a state-of-the-art facility that boasts the most modern television studio in the country, two theatre spaces (500- and 200-seat capacity) and a further two cinema screens (208- and 48-seat capacity).

    LONDON (Kensal Rise): Lexi Cinema launches £150,000 fundraiser to build a second screen for the public
    The Lexi Cinema, in Chamberlayne Road, has so far raised £5.900 towards its £150,000 total but needs the entire amount to expand its offering.
    The hugely popular cinema currently has one screen and just 75 seats and is now operating at capacity.

    LONDON (Walthamstow): £5m rise in cost of EMD cinema revamp after asbestos found
    The forecast cost has risen from £17 million to £22 million after asbestos and damage was discovered inside the abandoned building.
    Waltham Forest council approved a total budget of £25 million for the new project on Thursday (January 16).

    BRISTOL (Bedminster): Controversial plans for 205 homes, shops and cinema rejected by City Council
    Plans for the £50million rejuvenation of St Catherine’s Place in Bedminster have been thrown out by Bristol City Council.
    Members of the public applauded loudly when councillors voted to reject developer Firmstone’s proposal for a sprawling complex of homes, shops and offices, complete with a cinema.

    Bee Gees Manchester debut venue gets reprieve
    Campaigners hoping to save a former cinema building where the Bee Gees first performed have been given more time to develop an alternative plan.

    DERBY: Major organisations get together to save derelict Hippodrome Theatre
    Several key Derby organisations are pooling their expertise to try to save the derelict former Hippodrome Theatre in Green Lane.
    The building, which was built in 1914 as a variety theatre and converted into a cinema in 1930, was sold to developer Christopher Anthony in 2007 who, the following year, ordered work on the building which led to its partial demolition.
    The other partners are Derby City Council, the University of Derby, Historic England and the Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust.

    DONCASTER: New cinema complex is the tops
    The £8.5million Savoy cinema complex, being developed and project managed by Doncaster Council, has celebrated the roof being in place at a traditional topping out ceremony.
    Savoy will open its impressive six screen cinema in Spring 2020.

    GLASGOW: Plan for Clydeside retail outlet with shops, restaurants and cinema given green light
    ‘Glasgow Harbour Lifestyle Outlet’ will be developed on land bordered by both the River Clyde and River Kelvin.
    Eight food and drink premises and 11 retail units will be included in Block C as well as a 12-screen cinema.

    HARROW: Council approves plans to redevelop Safari Cinema
    Plans to restore the art deco façade of a town centre cinema moved a step closer to realisation after redevelopment proposals at the site were approved.
    As part of the scheme, the metal cladding covering the building will be removed and its 1936 art deco design restored.

    HUCKNALL: New cinema will be ready in March, say owners
    The owners have announced that work on the former Byron complex should be completed in March.
    And that will mean a new lease of life, at last, for one of Hucknall’s most iconic buildings, which dates back to 1936.
    The Byron showed its last film in 2006, and the building has stood dormant since its bingo hall closed almost two years ago.

    LIVERPOOL (Crosby): Plaza community cinema wins BAFTA For the Love of Film 2020 competition
    Now in its second year, For the Love of Film is a nationwide search for people whose passion for film makes them legendary in their communities.
    Crosby Plaza Cinema has been recognised by BAFTA as an initiative which uses the restorative magic of film to unite the local community.

    NEWARK: Palace Theatre celebrates centenary with special events
    This year sees the Palace Theatre Newark celebrate its centenary and to mark the occasion the venue is running a series of special events.
    On Monday 5th July 1920, the venue opened its doors as a picture house built by local entrepreneur Emily Blagg.

    PETERBOROUGH: New Theatre saved from risk list after years of uncertainty
    One of Peterborough's famous theatres has been officially removed from the list of Theatres at Risk in the UK.
    Peterborough's New Theatre is a former Odeon cinema with some beautifully restored interiors and is now under the management of Selladoor Worldwide, re-opening last September with a programme jam-packed with quality large-scale theatre productions.

    PLYMOUTH: Urban explorers break in to empty Reel Cinema
    The empty Reel cinema building in Plymouth has been made secure after reports of teenage ‘urban explorers’ breaking in.
    It is one of a series of disused buildings around the city centre that people have been entering illegally.


    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 20th January 2020

    BOGNOR REGIS: Iconic cinema marks 100th anniversary
    The Picturedrome has been operating independently since it was converted from a function and entertainment room in 1919.
    Now a 'century of cinema' has been celebrated at the building on the corner of Canada Grove and Linden Road, which originally opened as assembly rooms in 1886.

    BRADFORD: T+T secures PM role on Odeon job
    Turner & Townsend has been appointed by Bradford Live to project manage the redevelopment of the city’s historic former Odeon building.

    EASTBOURNE: Curzon cinema closed after 100 years
    The Curzon in Langney Road showed its last films on Thursday, January 16th and will be closedfor good.
    The freehold is currently up for sale on for £2,250,000.

    LEEDS: First look inside Channel 4's new national headquarters
    It’s been shrouded in scaffolding for most of the last decade but now we can take a first look inside the landmark Majestic building as it transforms into Channel 4’s new national headquarters.

    SOUTHEND-ON-SEA: Seaway plan: 'It's not the end of the road'
    In a major setback for developer Turnstone Estates, councillors voted to defer granting planning permission for the Seaway Leisure proposal until the company could find a way to provide extra parking spaces at the site.
    While the decision was only to defer the plans, which will include an 11-screen IMAX cinema, a bowling alley and a hotel, it could lead to the plans being scrapped entirely because the council voted last year to give Turnstone until Friday to get planning permission.

    TORQUAY: Boss reveals latest update on new 13-screen Merlin cinema
    The boss of Merlin Cinemas has today revealed that work has started on the creation of one of Devon's biggest multiplex in the former BHS store in Torquay.


    Week commencing Monday 13th January 2020

    LONDON (Kennington): Exhibition: Sound & Cinema: Past, Present & Future at The Cinema Museum
    A free exhibition and events series spanning film, virtual reality, games, TV and sound will take place at The Cinema Museum in Kennington.
    Opening on January 22, London College of Communication, UAL, presents Sound & Cinema: Past, Present & Future.

    LONDON (Streatham): Streatham Hill Theatre launches of a crowd-funding campaign

    LONDON (Victoria): In the run up to the 90th Anniversary, there are tours around the Auditorium and Front of House spaces, with a focus on the architecture, history and shows/cinema that have been in the venue.
    Our next tour is on Saturday, 8th February 2020 at 11.00am. Book here (£15.00 per ticket)

    LONDON (West End): Statues celebrating nearly a century of cinema to be placed in Leicester Square
    Laurel and Hardy, Mary Poppins and Mr Bean will be among the eight figures represented in the “statue trail”, which will open next month.

    EDINBURGH: Huge new 10-screen multiplex cinema plans revealed for major shopping centre
    A ten-screen multiplex cinema will be heading to Cameron Toll if plans for the development are approved.
    To be built as an extension to the existing centre, the cinema will be operated by Empire Cinemas and include three new leisure units which will be targeted at potential restaurant tenants.
    NOTE: Not everyone is enthusiatic!

    GAINSBOROUGH: Plans lodged for four-screen cinema ...
    Lincolnshire could soon get a brand new multiplex cinema.
    A planning application has been submitted to West Lindsey District that would see a four-screen movie theatre in Gainsborough town centre.

    GREATER MANCHESTER: New planning permission granted and building works in progress at Stretford Essoldo!
    Something happened, actually a few things have happened!
    ...and the first image of inside in 22 years emerges

    LEEDS (Hyde Park): Hyde Park Picture House announces exciting screenings tour while it closes for major refurbishment
    The Picture House project will also see essential conservation work to the cinema’s façade and existing auditorium, alongside the creation of new facilities, including a larger foyer space and a second screen which will be located in the cinema’s large basement.

    LEEDS (Stanningley): Work underway on conversion of former cinema
    The former Pavilion Cinema in Stanningley is being converted by Trinity Developments and Starfish Investments into 17 one- and two-bedroom apartments and duplexes.

    NOTTINGHAM: 39 pictures showing the changes to Theatre Square
    Nottingham Theatre Royal was built in 1865 by C J Phipps and cost £15,000, it was completed in just six months. Theatre Square has seen many changes...

    STRATFORD-ON-AVON: First pictures of new hotel set to be built on cinema site
    Sunday (5th January) marked the final showing at Stratford Picturehouse, with many regular cinema goers bidding a fond farewell to the venue.

    WESTBOURNE: Fresh bid to turn Grand into a gym and offices
    BCP Council rejected Currentasset’s first application for the Grand in November saying there had been “no convincing argument” for it.
    The firm has now tweaked its designs in a bid to overcome the concerns of planning officers and has warned the building could deteriorate unless it is brought back into use.

    LOS ANGELES: The Last Picture Show: Southern California’s Most Beautiful Movie Theater Closes
    Although Avalon Theatre, located on the ground floor of the imposing Catalina Casino, can still be visited on guided tours and will open its doors sporadically for special events, there was a palpable feeling of sadness in the grand old theater during one of the last screenings, on Sunday evening, December 29, two nights before the final screening on New Year’s Eve.