Past News

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

    TWO WEEKS COMMENCING Monday 1st May 2017

    ABERDEEN: Plans for 500 homes, six-screen cinema, 150-bed hotel, shops, and a petrol station get the go ahead
    A multimillion-pound transformation of a village on the outskirts of Aberdeen has been backed by planners.
    More than 500 homes have been planned for the scheme, which will include a six-screen cinema, 150-bed hotel, shops, and a petrol station.

    BLACKBURN:New cinema will offer film fusion to Blackburn communities
    Blackburn's new £6.5million cinema will be a ground-breaking 'Hollywood... investments in the town building on the platform the cinema provides.

    BURNLEY:Cinema to get £2million upgrade due to 'great success'
    Reel Cinema is to get a £2million complete refurbishment... All nine screens will be gutted and refitted with new seats and carpets...

    CHIPPENHAM:Cinema set for major expansion
    Manager Luke Findley said: “The planning application is a massive step for us, it's a step forward that the cinema and Chippenham needs.

    FORDINGBRIDGE:Hampshire cinema set to re-open next month
    The Regal in Shaftesbury Street, Fordingbridge, stopped showing movies more than 50 years ago.
    Builders have spent the past few months turning the former pottery back into a cinema as well as building eight apartments that will form part of the new picture palace.

    LEICESTER:'The Colly' flowered into several venues
    I've often admired this fine Art Deco building on Leicester's Melton Road – but did you know there has been three incarnations of the Colosseum?

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE:Work resumes at old Odeon cinema after dramatic collapse
    Work has resumed on the former Odeon cinema - more than three weeks after the remains of the building collapsed onto Pilgrim Street.

    TAUNTON:Planning application for homes, shops, cinema, hotel and restaurants at Firepool
    Taunton Deane Borough Council has received a revised outline planning application for development on land at Firepool in Taunton.
    The application is for a mix of uses including restaurants on the waterfront, cinema, hotel, supermarket and retail units, offices and new homes.

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    Week commencing Monday 17th April 2017

    LONDON (Peckham): Campaigners battle to save popular Peckhamplex cinema from redevelopment
    Peckhamplex, in Moncrieff Street, may face demolition if plans proposed in Southwark Council's huge development plan for the borough goes ahead.

    LONDON (Stoke Newington): Plans unveiled to turn Savoy Cinema into Hackney Arts Centre
    The Savoy Cinema was designed by William R Glen for Associated British Cinemas. After its closure in 1977, the building was converted into two shops with the stalls area transformed into a snooker hall.

    BLACKBURN: New £6.5 million cinema to rise from the Waves in town centre
    A new £6.5million eight-screen independent cinema is set to open in Blackburn.
    It will be built on the former Waves Water Fun Centre in Nab Lane, which was demolished last year, and include three food and drink outlets including a licensed bar.

    CIRENCESTER: Cotswold District Council hopes to revive plans for Cirencester cinema complex
    There are hopes by Cotswold District Council to continue overdue plans... to complete the cinema complex in Brewery Court by summer...

    GIRVAN: Residents demand action over rat and pigeon hell in crumbling bingo hall abandoned for a decade
    Gus Kilgour says enough is enough after enduring problems in his flat next to the decrepit former Vogue Cinema building on the town's Dalrymple Street.

    KEIGHLEY: Spring cleaning and restoration at Picture House Cinema
    The temperature rises, the central heating trundles down and the sun is shining... it must finally be spring and at Keighley Cinema, it’s arrival causes a flurry of activity.

    LEEDS (Roundhay): The Leeds community cinema giving multiplexes a run for their money
    Launched in 2015, Oakwood Cinema was set up by a group of local volunteers with a passion for film and an eye for opportunity...

    MANCHESTER: Odeon cinema in The Printworks sold to Vue - after go ahead from competition authority
    The 23-screen multiplex is set to change hands from Odeon after a ruling by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

    Manchester pop up cinema to show Grease at Old Granada Studios - with FREE cocktails, dancers and street food
    The former TV studio building will be showing the nostalgic musical five times over the course of two days next month - complete with surprise performances from professional dancers, a Grease themed cocktail menu and specially prepared street food, cooked by some of Manchester’s best chefs.

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE: 'Indefinite' halt to work on Odeon building after shock collapse
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued an indefinite prohibition, banning work being carried out on the site. It is not known when work will be allowed to resume as the area must remain untouched for the HSE to inspect.

    OLDHAM: Arts plans a winner with £7.1m jackpot plans
    The council was able to get funding packages for its new Arts and Heritage Centre and the new Coliseum Theatre which are going to link up with Gallery Oldham and the library to make a Cultural Quarter in Greaves Street.

    PENARTH: Pier pavilion management to receive £126k grant to secure future of iconic site
    The management of Penarth Pier Pavilion has received a substantial grant to help develop a business model for securing the future of the iconic site.
    It comes following following widespread concern over the recent closure of the pavilion for three days a week, and plans to shut the cinema over the summer months, in March.

    PERTH: New deal clears way for £30m cinema and shopping complex
    Council chiefs have finalised negotiations over land at Thimblerow, which is earmarked for the highly anticipated Mill Quarter development.
    However, the project has triggered worries about Perth’s existing Playhouse cinema.

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    Week commencing Monday 10th April 2017

    INDEPENDENT CINEMAS:Cinema entrepreneurs return indies to their glory days
    In its previous incarnations the room above the Spar in Clapton, Hackney, was a bingo hall, a shoe factory and a snooker hall.
    But in February this year the space in the east London art deco building returned to its original glory as a cinema.

    LONDON (Leicester Square):AMC to Undertake Major Refurbishment of London’s Iconic Odeon Leicester Square
    AMC Theaters is set to undertake a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of the U.K.’s iconic Odeon Leicester Square in London’s West End, AMC CEO Adam Aron said Tuesday.
    “We want to restore its former glory as the No. 1 site in Europe..."

    LONDON (Peckham): Peckhamplex owners respond to council’s plan to demolish cinema and carpark
    Talk of the council wanting to demolish the six-screen Peckhamplex and multi-storey carpark was reignited with the publication of its New Southwark Plan, which has earmarked the site for redevelopment with business units and 83 flats.

    BOURNEMOUTH:
    Planners censor 'incongruous' cinema scheme
    Planning officers in Bournemouth have refused proposals to demolish all but the façade of a locally-listed 1920s cinema to build a 14-storey apartment ...

    BRYNMAWR:Cinema trust 'potentially exposed' people to asbestos, Health and Safety Executive claims
    The trust that runs a Valleys cinema has been told by the Health and Safety Executive that it “potentially exposed volunteers, employees and members of the public to asbestos”.
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was critical of how The Market Hall Cinema and Arts Trust handled asbestos in the building in Brynmawr, saying there had been “several significant contraventions of the law”.

    CAMBRIDGE:A plan for long-empty 1930s Art-Deco cinema could materialise 'within weeks'
    The old Gala bingo hall and former cinema in Hobson Street is next to the original location of Hobson’s Stables - where the term ‘Hobson’s Choice’ is said to have originated.
    Cllr Tim Bick said: “The owners are hoping that they will have their ideas for the building together within a few weeks.

    DEAL:Regent developers miss plans deadline but dream for cinema is still alive
    Regent developers have failed to meet the district council’s deadline for the submission of plans but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on a cinema for Deal.

    FORT WILLIAM:Cinema dreams could become reality
    A community group is fighting to bring a cinema back to the heart of Fort William after more than a decade without one.
    The group said the old cinema building, which closed down in 2005, would have been too expensive to resurrect but they have since found two shop units joined together perfect for housing two cinema screens.

    GRIMSBY:First look at Riverhead cinema and restaurant complex that could be open by end of next year
    Shoppers have been given the first look at plans for a new £20 million leisure development which would bring seven restaurants and a nine-screen cinema to Grimsby town centre.
    Hundreds 'impressed' with plans for £20m Freshney Place Riverhead cinema and restaurant development
    Nearly 500 people from across the region visited Grimsby's shopping centre on Friday and Saturday as the provisional plans for the proposed new nine-screen cinema and restaurant complex were unveiled.

    KIRKBY:Six-screen Reel Cinema coming
    Regeneration firm St. Modwen has signed a deal to bring leisure operator Reel Cinemas to Kirkby.
    The company will establish a 15,000 sq ft six-screen cinema in the Town Centre development, as part of a wider leisure scheme...

    LIVERPOOL (Everton):Former cinema could become homes
    Proposals to refurbish what was once Mere Lane Picture House in Everton and convert it into 45 one-bedroom apartments have been submitted to Liverpool City Council.

    MANCHESTER:Another piece of city centre history gone as the Oxford Street Odeon cinema is demolished
    The former Odeon cinema has stood proudly on Oxford Street since it was built almost 90 years ago.
    Planning documents state that the cinema has undergone ‘considerable change’ during its lifetime, including the addition of screens in 1973, 1979 and 1992, with many of the original features being removed.

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE:Work remains halted seven days after Odeon cinema collapsed to the ground
    Work is yet to restart on the former Odeon cinema - one week after the remains of the building collapsed onto Pilgrim Street.
    The Health and Safety Executive have issued an indefinite prohibition banning work being carried out on the site.

    OKEHAMPTON:New Carlton Cinema expansion due to 'begin work in the near future'
    Film lovers can expect a third screen and brand new toilets to be installed at the New Carlton Cinema in the very near future, bosses have confirmed.

    PLYMOUTH:Culture chiefs refuse to protect Reel Cinema
    It might be a rare example of interwar architecture – but a government body has refused to list it.
    The Reel Cinema, which is at threat of being bulldozed and being replaced with a high-rise building, has stood the test of time – until now.

    ROCHDALE:Plan for £60m retail development approved
    The planning committee approved Phase One of the Rochdale Riverside scheme for a complex in the east of the town centre.
    The development features new Marks and Spencer and Next stores with Reel Cinemas operating the cinema.

    SCARBOROUGH:Scarborough set for cinema war?
    Next week the borough council's planning committee will be discussing the plans for a cinema on the former Atlantis site and for a development on Newborough.
    Council officers are recommending that both plans are approved.

    WOOLWICH:Plans for town centre to be shown to the public
    Plans for a cinema, shops, restaurants, offices and up to 750 new homes in Woolwich are being unveiled to the public. A two-day exhibition is being held...

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    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 3rd April 2017

    ABERDEEN: Shopping centre’s cinema and restaurant expansion could see 300 jobs created
    BMO Real Estate Partners has applied for a warrant for the creation of a new seven-screen cinema at the Bon Accord and St Nicholas shopping centres.
    The cinema would be 28,000 sq ft, with the capacity to seat 800 people.

    BOURNEMOUTH: Now second plan for flats at former Odeon site has been thrown out
    A first scheme to demolish most of the former cinema and put up a 10-storey block containing shops and 84 flats was rejected last month.
    Now a subsequent application for a 14-storey building with shops, 101 flats and 102 car park spaces has also been turned down...

    BRYNMAWR: A cinema-goer's heartfelt letter begging Blaneau Gwent council to re-open the Market Hall Cinema

    DEAL: Help to re-open the Regent cinema
    Seven years on, we're still waiting for lift off... visit the website and help the campaign.

    GLASGOW: Cinema plans submitted for Princes Square
    One of the city’s most popular shopping destinations could see a boutique cinema built within its premises.
    Plans for a 205-seater three-screen picture house in Princes Square have been lodged to Glasgow City Council’s planning department

    GRIMSBY: £20m plan to bring seven new restaurants and 9-screen cinema to be unveiled
    Plans for a £20 million leisure development bringing up to SEVEN brand new national restaurant names to Grimsby, a nine-screen cinema and 350 jobs, will be unveiled to the public next week.

    KINGSTON-ON-THAMES: Boutique cinema and sky restaurant as part of £400m regeneration
    Planning permission has been granted to regenerate Eden Walk in Kingston town centre.
    The £400m scheme, designed by BDP Architects, will revamp part of the historic market town providing 28 new shops, 12 restaurants and cafés, 380 new homes, a boutique cinema and three large public spaces with space for events

    KIRKCALDY: Great response to cinema plans
    An exhibition outlining potential designs for a new cinema complex in Kirkcaldy town centre has an “overwhelmingly supportive response"...

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE: Going, going, collapsed... How the Odeon disappeared from Newcastle city centre
    Monday night’s events marked a dramatic end to a once-proud building as what remained of the old Odeon cinema collapsed into the street following months of demolition work.
    There were many other reports, as to be expected, including BBC NEWS and Scotland's DAILY RECORD

    SHEFFIELD: First look inside new city centre cinema ahead of opening this month
    A new cinema experience in Sheffield city centre is just over a week away.
    The Light will open on The Moor on Friday next week, promising a 'luxury' environment at affordable prices.

    SUTTON COLDFIELD: Driver smashes car in to landmark Empire Cinema building in Maney Corner
    Cinemagoers and staff at the Empire Cinema by Maney Corner had a fright, when a car smashed through its front door at the junction of Birmingham Road and Holland Road, on Thursday (March 30) at around 2pm.

    TUNBRIDGE WELLS: Cinema site plans released for screening by the council
    ...a cinema will be reinstated within the premises for the first time since ABC closed its doors in 2000...

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