Past News

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

    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 2nd October 2017

    LONDON (West End): Why are big theatres getting harder to fill?
    London theatre's been booming for years, but record attendances and record receipts mask an interesting issue – namely, what do we do with the capital's biggest theatres?
    London has a number of cavernous spaces, but the fact is they're getting harder and harder to fill.

    BASILDON: "Exciting times" as residents asked to give thoughts on cinema and restaurant plan
    The council is investing £50million to build a ten-screen cinema, a host of new restaurants and new landscaping to give the town centre a new look ...

    COLCHESTER: Northern Gateway cinema plans given final go ahead by government bosses
    Council bosses had to refer the scheme to Secretary of State Sajid Javid, as part of the scheme was slightly removed from the adopted Local Plan.
    It has now been confirmed Mr Javid will not call-in the proposals, meaning work can begin shortly.

    EXMOUTH: Plan to expand cinema supported
    The plan is for the entrance of the Savoy Cinema in Rolle Street to be relocated, new signage to be fitted, and a cash machine to be provided.

    NEW ROMNEY: Cinema plans revealed as CineMarsh opening expected in 2018
    A cinema on Romney Marsh could be up and running by next autumn – and it will be located at the Marsh Academy, we can reveal.

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE: Everyman Cinema in former Legends nightclub get go-ahead
    Plans to convert the former Newcastle nightclub Legends into a plush subterranean cinema have been given the green light.
    Everyman Cinema, operators of 21 boutique picture houses around the UK, is set to start work straight away on transforming the basement of Earl Grey House on Newcastle’s Grey Street into a four-screen cinema.

    SCARBOROUGH: Councillor has say on Futurist demolition delay
    It's believed that the head of planning at Scarborough Borough Council made the decision to delay the planning application for the demolition of the Futurist Theatre.
    That's according to Councillor Janet Jefferson...

    SWANSEA: This cinema opened in 1913 but could now become a brewery and tap room
    A former picture house built on the eve of the First World War could give a Swansea brewery top billing.
    Boss Brewing Company wants to up sticks from Llansamlet and take over the vacant Landore Cinema in Neath Road, opposite the Liberty Stadium.


    WEEK COMMENCING Monday 25th September 2017

    NATIONAL: The Historical Importance of Britain’s Old Theatres as Bingo Halls
    The truth is that there is a very simple reason why many of the country’s best bingo halls are historic buildings that have long and fascinating histories behind them

    LONDON (Dalston): Rio Cinema smashes £125000 fundraising target to secure future
    It means a 28-seat screen can now be built in the basement, bringing in vital funds for the 102-year-old cinema, which posted losses of £40,000 in 2015/16.
    Renovation work to the outside of the building, which is currently “tired and shabby”, will also take place.

    LONDON (Notting Hill): Restaurant launches petition against demolition
    An Italian family-run restaurant in Notting Hill is fighting back against Cineworld which plans to demolish the restaurant in order to expand the neighbouring Gate Cinema’s foyer.

    ABERDEEN: Centre’s owners want shops to make way for new cinema
    Several units in a major shopping centre may have to be vacated by the end of the year for work to start on a new cinema and restaurant terrace.
    Owners Aberdeen Shopping Centre Limited (ASCL) were granted planning permission three years ago for a seven-screen cinema and restaurant space at the Bon Accord Centre and St Nicholas Centre.

    BEAMISH MUSEUM: Work begins on the new 1950’s town
    Following years of planning and major investment, including a £10.9million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, ground has been broken on the County Durham museum’s largest development to date.
    The former Grand Electric cinema in Ryhope being taken down at its current location in Sunderland and restored to its former glory in the 1950s town.

    BLACKPOOL: Work on IMAX cinema complex in town centre set to start in the new year
    Councillors gave the scheme the go ahead after hearing it would have “numerous economic benefits for the town”.
    “The Light is the cinema operator and the IMAX will be an exciting unique new addition to all the leisure attractions in Blackpool.

    BOURNEMOUTH: Westover Road Odeon campaign backs Curzon Cinemas' bid to open
    Campaigners still fighting to save the two former cinemas on Bournemouth’s Westover Road have backed an art house chain in its aim to open in the town.
    Marcus Hughes, who set up the Save Bournemouth Odeon campaign – now renamed Save Bournemouth Regent Theatre after the venue’s original 1937 name...
    is hopeful of getting around the restrictive covenant Odeon placed on the building, which owner Libra Homes says would prevent it being used as a cinema.

    BRADFORD: Odeon plan should be at front of funding queue
    Earlier this month, it was revealed that Bradford’s former Odeon Cinema building (or New Victoria, or Gaumont for readers of a certain vintage) will be reopening as a live music and events venue in 2020.
    However, although the presence of a national operator is the best possible news, we understand that there are still elements of funding to be secured.

    BURNLEY: 30 pictures of £2million cinema revamp
    Reel Cinema is ready for its official opening after a £2million refurbishment.
    All nine screens have been gutted and refitted with new seats and carpets while an upgraded foyer will see revamped food and drink concessions including a new licensed bar.

    EVESHAM: Regal celebrates its 85th anniversary on 10th October
    Opened on Monday, 10th October 1932, the event is to be celebrated at 19.30 with a special evening show of "The Limehouse Golem"
    While your on the site, go to the Home Page and take the virtual tour

    EXETER: Extension plans for Princesshay shopping centre axed
    The plans to redevelop Exeter's bus and coach station to extend the Princesshay shopping centre have been axed after the developers, Crown Estate, cancelled the £100m project.
    "The proposals, first submitted for planning approval in July 2015, had included a redevelopment of the bus and coach station site into new restaurants, shops and a cinema."

    GRANTHAM: Approach to new cinema from town centre is revisited
    Fresh plans for the approach from St Peter's Hill to Grantham's yet-to-be-built multiplex cinema have been revealed by the district council.

    LEWES: Burrell Foley Fischer designs community cinema in former brewery
    Originally a sorting office before being taken over by Harvey’s brewery, this local landmark in the Lewes Conservation Area was in a derelict state
    Recognising the structure’s opportunity for reuse, Lewes Community Screen commissioned Burrell Foley Fischer to restore and open up the former brewery depot with the introduction of a three-screen community cinema

    MANCHESTER: Victoria Baths to host Halloween cinema weekend
    There'll be spooky screenings of 80s and 90s classics Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family inside the grade II* listed building on Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28.

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE: 'Versatile' Tyne Theatre celebrates 150th birthday
    A theatre that survived closures, financial woes, a fire, and even a stint as a cinema showing X-rated films has celebrated its 150th birthday.

    NOTTINGHAM: Impressive 'before and after' images show how Broadmarsh area will be transformed
    The redevelopment of the Broadmarsh area in Nottingham city centre began in earnest yesterday, Monday, when the first blows were struck in the demolition of the unloved car park and bus station.

    PORTISHEAD: Cinema, flats and bars planned
    Leaked plans show restaurants, bars, shops, flats and a cinema are planned for Portishead to replace thriving businesses at Old Mill Road.

    STAFFORD: Could new cinema only have 400 seats?
    ...the final build for the Riverside complex is now more likely to accommodate around 400 chairs and not the 800 stated in the plans from Jersey-based applicants LXB, which were approved by Stafford Borough Council.

    STRETFORD: Longford/Essoldo cinema
    It seems that Trafford Council have their sights on Stretford for student housing with the Essoldo building front and centre as part of the new masterplan.

    TOTNES: Romany Cinema comes back to life
    The Romany Cinema in Totnes High Street shut down more than 50 years ago and has spent most of that time as the library.
    The building is now getting a new lease of movie life thanks to Will Johnson and Jane Hughes who have re-opened it as a new Totnes cinema.

    WOLVERHAMPTON: The £55m Westside development has just taken a big step forward
    The Westside development would transform the area surrounding Wolverhampton's market and feature a 12-screen cinema, restaurants, 150-bed hotel and 700-space car park.


    Week commencing Monday 18th September 2017

    CANTERBURY: This is the final plan for a new cinema, restaurant and bar complex at Kingsmead
    Plans have finally been lodged to transform a key site in Canterbury by building a (5 or 6 screen) cinema, bars, restaurants and homes, creating 80 new jobs.

    KINGS LYNN: Movie theatre submits plans for expansion
    The Majestic cinema in Lynn has submitted a planning application to make room for an additional 220 seats for film-goers. The cinema, on Tower Street, is seeking to build a 120-seat auditorium in a new extension and adapt the existing large main auditorium, on its ground floor, to accommodate a further 100 customers.

    LONG EATON: Landmark cinema building set to be converted into 47 flats and two shops
    Galaxy Cinema, in Long Eaton, closed down in 2012 and has been derelict ever since.
    It changed hands again in 1964 to become a bingo hall before closing again in 1993.
    The closed-down building suffered from another fire and reopened once again as a cinema in 2004.

    PRESTON: Inside the old Odeon cinema
    Steven Buck, from Leyland, has been exploring various abandoned locations for the past decade, but has only recently started to document his exploits.
    One of Steven’s most recent adventures was at Preston’s old Odeon on Church Street, which has stood empty for over two decades since the cinema closed in 1992.

    SHEFFIELD: Historic cinema building's chance of £3 million restoration bid
    "This whole part of the city has become more of a cool place to be," says Kiran Antcliffe at the Abbeydale Picture House, which sits in the midst of what is fast becoming one of Sheffield's most fashionable districts, populated by independent cafes, antiques shops and vintage emporiums.

    YORK: New details on £4m cinema redevelopment
    Everyman CEO Crispin Lilly said "We paid £1.3m to Reel for the building, but will be investing £2.7m in doing it up, and that's a level of money that three years ago people would have thought we were stark raving bonkers to be honest.


    Week commencing Monday 11th September 2017

    BROMLEY (Kent): Art deco style cinema set to be restored as Picturehouse takes over
    Bromley Picturehouse will be a six-screen cinema with a cafe and bar opening on the site of the 1936 George Coles’ designed Odeon, which more recently has operated as an Empire and then Cineworld cinema.
    “The new development will add an additional two cinema screens and restore many classic elements from its art deco past and improve facilities across the venue."

    MALDON: Petition to bring the big screen back
    The petition was originally started in 2015, but Diane McCallum has now revived her calls for a movie theatre in Maldon after seeing others reminisce about the old cinema.

    NEWCASTLE-on-TYNE: Rare images recall the glory days of the Paramount cinema - later The Odeon
    From 2002, the cinema on the city’s Pilgrim Street, stood empty and crumbling - a sad shell of its former grand self.
    Despite much opposition, the building was finally demolished and consigned to history late last year.
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    PENARTH: Landmark building ‘must be safe-guarded’
    Local people have been upset by reduced opening times at the venue and at the temporary closure of the cinema.

    POOLE: Empire Cinemas sign up to open at the Dolphin Shopping Centre
    Poole town centre could soon have a multiplex cinema together with four new restaurants. Subject to final planning approval, one of the nine screens would be open-air on the rooftop.