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 6th May 2019

    ASHFORD: Elwick Place shortlisted in Building Design Architect of the Year Awards 2019
    The opening of the Picturehouse cinema in December was part of a phased opening.
    The cinema complex is clad in a gold coloured, anodised aluminium mesh, shaped to wrap up the building from the first floor, and in sections to curve around the building’s facade.

    BLACKPOOL: Old style sign proposed for Funny Girls
    Blackpool's Funny Girls venue is set for a step back in time in recognition of the building's heritage as a former cinema.
    It has applied for planning permission from Blackpool Council to install a traditional cinema-style readograph, which is a backlit sign displaying moveable letters.

    BOURNEMOUTH: New plans unveiled for former Odeon
    Owners Libra Homes have applied for permission for two retail levels, 67 apartments and 68 parking spaces on the Westover Road site.
    They also plan to incorporate a residents' lounge and residents' garden on the site, which backs on to Hinton Road.

    BRADFORD: Inside Odeon as work continues ahead of Bradford Live music venue conversion
    New images from inside Bradford's Odeon reveal how the 1960s cinema partitions are being stripped out of the dilapidated building ahead of its transformation into a live music venue.

    DEAL: Astor Picture House, a theatre community cinema, opens on May 20
    Movies will be shown at the Astor every single week instead of the once a month Last Picture Club series.
    This project still means Deal still has no fully dedicated cinema with the last one, Flicks in Queen Street, closing in 2007.

    DURHAM: Councillors back bid to extend opening times for new Odeon cinema
    The first film lovers are expected to be welcomed into the Odeon Luxe as part of the Riverwalk development on June 7.
    The six-screen cinema will show the latest blockbusters, provide 403 handmade reclining seats and is set to create 38 jobs.

    EXETER: Odeon cinema reveals plan that would banish troublemakers
    A cinema in Exeter has handed in plans to completely alter its entrance, untouched since the 1930s - likely in response to anti-social behaviour.
    Odeon on Sidwell Street wants to erase the gathering spot at the top of its entrance staircase by bringing the front wall forward and installing metal shutters to its doors and windows.

    FORT WILLIAM: Cinema dream moves a step closer
    The Fort William cinema was granted planning permission only a month ago, yet construction company 3B are already onsite and foundation works for the building are under way. The building is due to open in May next year.

    GLASGOW: Work on St Enoch expansion featuring cinema and restaurant begins
    A city shopping centre is set to welcome a nine-screen cinema and nine new restaurants as part of a £40million leisure development.
    The VUE cinema will be located on the upper level of the former BHS site...

    HARBORNE: Royalty Cinema hit by fire for second time in seven months
    Art Deco Grade II listed Harborne Royalty Cinema has previously been hit by a big blaze.
    Four appliances have been attended the first floor blaze. Reports locally suggested there were 'three seats of fire'.

    STOWMARKET: First designs for revamp of Regal Theatre revealed
    The Regal Theatre in Stowmarket secured a grant of £1.56m from Mid Suffolk District Council last year, which will go towards a major upgrade of the popular facility.
    Among the upgrades will be an extension to create two new cinema screens – one with 84 seats and one with 57 – as well as a refurbished main auditorium...
    See also: See what revamped theatre could look like

    STREET: An art deco building in Somerset, always used for entertainment and leisure, has been transformed into a stylish new restaurant
    Original features, including an arched tin ceiling, have been painstakingly restored and twinned with stunning furniture and fixtures.
    The £1 million project incorporates features celebrating the history of the building with a big screen installed, a baby grand piano for visiting performers and a ceiling feature created from the nightclub décor.

    THIRSK: Fascinating pieces of film history found under carpet of 107-year-old Ritz Cinema
    A volunteer was replacing the carpet in the back office of the town’s Ritz Cinema when he unearthed pages from trade magazines which reference films and actors from the 1930s.

    TORQUAY: New six-screen cinema planned for old BHS high street store
    The proposal, by national cinema operator Merlin, is to move from its current site, the Central Cinema in Abbey Road which will be redeveloped.

    WELLINGTON: We’re going to take you into Orbit - the return of the silver screen
    After a wait of more than 30 years, Wellington is all set to get its own cinema once again.
    A cinema and art space in the form of the Wellington Orbit on Station Road – slap bang in the middle of the town centre – is nearing completion.


    Week commencing Monday 29th April 2019

    BARNSTAPLE: Iconic Devon nightclub and former cinema up for sale for just £225,000
    The Worx nightclub in Barnstaple is for sale with Webbers estate agents for just £225,000.
    The striking building in a prime position on the town's Strand was originally opened in 1937 as the Regal Cinema.

    BROMLEY (Kent): Your name in an art-deco cinema
    Fancy having your name inscribed on the walls of a restored art-deco cinema? There’s a chance in Bromley, South London.
    Picturehouse Cinema has taken over the 1936 George Coles’ designed Odeon, which more recently has operated as an Empire and then Cineworld cinema and is restoring it to its art-deco grandeur.

    CHELTENHAM: Shaken and stirred: Cineworld reveals these HUGE changes coming to its multiplex
    There's going to be 4DX extreme cinema experience with moving seats and water and smell effects, a new Starbucks, and VIP foyer serving hot and cold food at The Brewery Quarter

    CLEVEDON: Curzon roof in 'terrible state' with £500k of repairs required
    The roof of Clevedon's Curzon cinema is in urgent need of work.
    The Curzon missed out on a multi-million bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in October, despite putting forward a strong application.
    The staff asked for £2.6million to pay for the repairs, with the 1920s roof tiles becoming very fragile and leaks throughout the building.

    FOLKESTONE: Cinema plans announced for vacant Debenhams site
    A huge town centre regeneration plan has been unveiled with proposals to turn vacant Debenhams into a cinema.
    Folkestone & Hythe District Council has released the masterplan as the department store announced it would leave Sandgate Road early next year.

    GRAYS: Work set to begin on State Cinema
    Hoardings have been put up around the State in George Street, sparking the start of the £30million transformation project.
    Love Grays, a community organisation dedicated to improving the town, said: “Looks like Wetherspoons may be getting their hard hats on!"

    A former court house in Anglesey's county town could be turned into a cinema, restaurant and cocktail bar.
    The Grade II-listed building in Llangefni, last used as a civil and family court, closed in 2017.

    MAPPERLEY: Majestic Cinema: Looking back at the 90-year history of iconic picture house...
    Local historian Bob Massey looks back at the history of the Majestic Cinema in Mapperley as plans to demolish the iconic building are revealed…

    PORT TALBOT: Abandoned and empty buildings...
    Including THE PLAZA CINEMA: Built in 1939 and opened in April 1940, Port Talbot-born stars Richard Burton and Sir Anthony Hopkins were among the cinema's early customers.
    It briefly converted to a bingo club in 1983, but it reopened as a cinema on October 18, 1985. The last film shown in the cinema on January 4, 1999 was Prince of Egypt.
    There are now plans in place to bring the art-deco building back to life by converting it into a multi-purpose community facility.

    STREET: A former nightclub has been transformed into a new restaurant
    The former Maxime Theatre, then cinema and, in more recent times, nightclub, has been beautifully restored and transformed into Pillars Bar and Grill.
    And already it is getting top marks from people who have been there for a meal.

    TUNBRIDGE WELLS: Has the cinema site saga turned into a long running farce?
    Yet again the people of Tunbridge Wells have been let down by a builder who pledged time and again to turn the old cinema site into a flagship development at the very heart of our town.


    Week commencing Monday 22nd April 2019

    BROMLEY (Kent): getting an art deco Picturehouse Cinema – and you can get your name on the wall
    London’s most south-easterly borough is getting a six-screen cinema, showing the best of arthouse film with a sprinkling of big-hitting blockbusters for good measure.
    Picturehouse Cinemas are currently renovating the 1930s art deco building, formerly a Cineworld, at 242 High Street.

    GLASGOW: Historic Environment Scotland calls for O2 ABC building to be saved
    Historic Environment Scotland has hit out at potential plans to bulldoze the O2 ABC after they were consulted by Glasgow City Council on plans to flatten the C-listed building on Sauchiehall Street after last June’s Glasgow School of Art fire.

    GRAYS: Thurrock Council welcomes progress on new pub for State Cinema
    Plans to develop the site of the old State Cinema in George Street, Grays are taking a step forward this month, with remedial works on the building due to begin later in April.

    NUNEATON: New owners of iconic building revealed
    ... the land and building on the north east side of Abbey Street, known locally as the old Ritz Cinema, has been bought by Semichyong UK, a Co-operative Society...
    A spokesperson said that the plans are in their infancy and it is 'too early' for them to be shared.

    TUNBRIDGE WELLS: Abandoned cinema site changes hands again but a ‘revised’ Belvedere will still be delivered
    The company that was developing the much-maligned former ABC Cinema site at the top of Mount Pleasant Road, has sold off the land to another developer but the £80million Belvedere scheme will be still delivered.

    TUNSTALL: Then & Now: Remembering the Ritz Cinema
    Located in the most northerly of the Potteries six towns, The Ritz opened on September 10, 1934, with Joan Crawford in Dancing Lady and Jack Hobbs in Trouble in Store....

    LOS ANGELES: Netflix is close to buying Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre — but won’t use it to lure film awards
    If and when the deal closes, Netflix will have ownership, but will only use the Egyptian during weekdays. Weekends will still belong to American Cinemathique’s programming.


    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 15th April 2019

    AYLESBURY: AVDC confirm they own old bingo hall
    Aylesbury's old bingo hall, which shut down two months ago, is now owned by AVDC.
    Gala's closure seemed really sudden back in February and people queued out the door and up the High Street on its last day.

    HULL: Designs for bomb-damaged former cinema being drawn up
    Hull City Council is developing designs for the former National Picture Theatre, to support a bid that could secure a grant of £289,000 from the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

    MIDDLESBROUGH: Cineworld set for expansion including new screen, mini golf and cafe
    Cineworld in Middlesbrough has only recently had a refurbishment. But more change is on the way.

    PETERBOROUGH: Theatre lounge to be renamed in memory of the late Peter Boizot
    The late Peterborough entrepreneur Peter Boizot is to be honoured by the new operators of the city theatre that was so close to his heart.
    Mr Boizot, who spent millions renovating the former cinema before opening it as The Broadway theatre 20 years ago, passed away in December aged 89

    ...and finally: Nostalgia: Bygone cinemas from the town centre and villages around Kirklees