Past News

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

    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 6th March 2017

    LONDON (Kensington): Historic England criticised for 'completely bonkers' response to Kensington Odeon cinema listing ...
    Campaigners claim a decision not to list the building was made on the understanding the recently found original interior did not exist.
    Historic England (HE) has said it will not revisit the Kensington Odeon to consider its listing despite the discovery of original interior which was thought to be lost .
    It has written to Friends of the Kensington Odeon to say it cannot reassess the building while a Certificate of Immunity (COI) from listing is in force.

    LONDON (Kensington): Odeon redevelopment: Historic England responds to campaigners argument...
    The public body has defended its decision not to consider listing the 1926 Art Deco building...
    Original architecture from the historic building was uncovered during the process of its demolition, giving hope to those fighting for the future of the building that it could be saved.

    LONDON (Camden): People are feeling duped over plans for a new cinema
    Promising a cinema always looked suspiciously like a ruse to get planning permission that would otherwise probably not have been readily granted.

    BOURNEMOUTH: Odeon flats plan is rejected by planning officer
    A bid to demolish most of Bournemouth's former Odeon cinema building and replace it with a 10-storey block has been rejected as “unacceptable”.

    CHESTER: Sneak peek inside Storyhouse theatre of dreams
    The sign is up and the red carpet is down at Chester ’s £37m Storyhouse theatre ready to sprinkle star dust on the city when the curtain rises on Thursday, May 11.

    KIRKCALDY: Eight-screen cinema back on agenda
    The ongoing saga over proposals for a cinema in Kirkcaldy has reared its head again with the news that a planning application notice has been lodged with Fife Council.

    PORTSMOUTH: Homes plan welcomed for former cinema in North End
    The former Odeon cinema, in London Road, North End, has been mainly empty since it closed in 2008, but it has now been earmarked for development.
    In the plan, the existing Sainsbury’s Local will stay at the front of the Art Deco building, with the rest demolished to make way for 15 homes – a mix of one to four-bed town houses and flats.

    SOUTHEND-ON-SEA: Cinema demolition is finally underway
    The New Empire Theatre, in Alexandra Street, Southend, was bought by an unidentified company in Hong Kong for £750,000 last summer.
    The company wants to transform the town centre site into flats, shops and a community centre, after plans to refurbish the building were abandoned.

    WEYBRIDGE: Everyman in the spotlight as 'boutique' cinema proposed for Weybridge Hall site
    "Discussions are continuing with a prospective cinema operator to recreate a boutique cinema that should bring regeneration to that end of the town"

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    WEEK COMMENCING Monday 27th February 2017

    LONDON (Kensington): Last-ditch plea to save historic Kensington Odeon after Art Deco friezes discovered
    Campaigners opposed to the conversion of the Kensington Odeon cinema building into luxury flats have called for it to be given an emergency listing after rare Twenties interiors were exposed by demolition men.
    Guy Oliver, of the Friends of the Kensington Odeon group, said previously hidden Art Deco friezes and tea rooms, and sweeping marble staircases were in danger of being lost within days.

    LONDON (Kentish Town): Work halted on new cinema as site is put up for sale
    Plans for a long-awaited new cinema for Kentish Town are at risk of collapse after a developer put the site up for sale with the work unfinished.
    Property firm Uplift stopped work at the old Pizza Express building at the corner of Prince of Wales Road and Kentish Town Road two months ago, despite holding planning permission to create 12 new flats and a ground-floor cinema.

    CAMBRIDGE: How much longer must beautiful 1930s Art-Deco cinema sit empty for?
    The former Gala bingo hall and cinema in Hobson Street has been standing empty for years after plans to turn it into a nightclub were thrown out.

    DARTFORD: Bluewater to get four new Showcase Cinema screens...
    It means the shopping centre will soon boast 17 screens at its Showcase Cinema de Lux, including a larger ‘XPlus auditorium’ with an even bigger screen and state-of-the-art surround sound system.

    HAVERFORDWEST: Developers sign up cinema backer
    The development company behind one of Haverfordwest’s cinema proposals has announced it has a partner backing its scheme.
    It has announced today that it has signed an agreement with Premiere Cinemas to deliver a five-screen cinema complex...

    NORTHALLERTON: Restaurants, shops and a cinema planned for site of former prison
    Hambleton District Council has announced it is to join forces with the Wykeland Group to transform the Northallerton prison site.
    Wykeland proposes shops, managed workspace, apartments, restaurants , a five screen cinema and a quadrangle for public events.

    PRESTWICK: Former Broadway cinema set for new life as leading architects drafted in for in-depth survey
    The C-listed art deco building has been through many uses in its lifetime, including a cinema, bingo hall and the home of a festive market.
    Now a charity set up by people in the town hope to bring the whole building back into use after using a £15,000 government grant to commission an in-depth survey of the cinema.

    STAFFORD: 800-seater Odeon moves step closer
    Plans for a new 800-seater Odeon cinema in Stafford have moved a step closer after proposals to demolish a building to make way for the development were approved.

    WAKEFIELD: Plans submitted for cinema complex at market hall
    Plans to turn Wakefield's market hall into a cinema complex with restaurants have been drawn up by developers.
    The development would include a nine-screen cinema, to be operated by The Light...

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    Week commencing Monday 20th February 2017

    ALDEBURGH: 'There weren't many like him' – master of cinema projection dies, aged 84
    Glowing tributes have been paid to a Suffolk cinema projectionist, Neville Parry, – believed to have been the world’s oldest in his profession.

    BUNTINGFORD:First permanent cinema in 60 years after the success of the film festival
    Buntingford is set for a permanent cinema for the first time in 60 years after the film festival proved there is the audience for one with nine out of the ten screenings selling out.
    The film club will now purchase the equipment needed to set up a permanent facility in the library, on the High Street, from September this year.

    MANCHESTER:Repertory theatre returns for the first time in 50 years
    Bringing a rep back can seem crazy – however, we are confident that with some clever planning we can make it work," he told The Stage.

    PRESTWICK:Leading architects look into new future for Prestwick's own Broadway
    One of Scotland's leading architectural firms is to lead an investigation into how to revitalise an historic cinema.
    Page\Park are to conduct the feasibility study into the restoration of the disused Broadway Cinema in Prestwick, south Ayrshire.

    TEIGNMOUTH:
    Outdoor cinema crowdfunding campaign deadline extended
    The town council is planning on showing two big screen films on a huge outdoor cinema screen in the grounds of Teignmouth Rugby Club.

    WAKEFIELD:Six-month delay on market hall cinema plans?
    Major plans are in place to turn the building into a cinema and leisure ... sign contracts by Wakefield Council to have them out of the building quicker. Avid cinema-goer, Karl Parsons, knows this more than anyone.

    WETHERBY:Heart of Wetherby Cinema to be preserved as new owners take over
    A pledge to preserve the heart of Wetherby cinema has been made by its new owners Rob and Julie Younger.
    The pair stepped into their new role on Friday February, 10 while bidding farewell to retiring owners, Ray and Irene Trewhitt.

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    Week commencing Monday 6th February 2017

    BOURNEMOUTH: 'The last of its era': Westover Road Odeon closes its doors after 88 years
    After 88 years of delighting audiences the Odeon cinema in Westover Road has played its final picture show.
    Cinemagoers travelled from as far as Manchester for the cinema's final swansong...

    BRYNMAWR: There are growing fears Market Hall Cinema may not reopen
    The Market Hall Cinema, which is 123 years old next month, was closed in November as investigation work was carried out into possible asbestos at the site.

    DEAL: The Regent: Cinema petition starts to take effect as developers say they're nearly complete with plans
    More than 100 supporters gathered at a fundraising cinema screening at the Astor Theatre in Deal to hear the latest news from the Reopen the Regent campaign.

    LYME REGIS: Regent Cinema rebuild 'in sight'
    Work to rebuild a 1930s Art Deco cinema wrecked by fire is likely to begin later this year, its owners say.
    The roof of the Grade II listed Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis, Dorset, collapsed when the building was engulfed by the blaze in March last year.

    MANCHESTER: Paramount/Odeon - a look inside from 28 Days Later - Urban Exploration
    A local CTA member says "Nothing happening on the site as apparently demolition contractors have gone bust!!.
    Newcastle gone, Paramount Manchester still awaiting its fate!!!"

    HAVERFORDWEST:Haverfordwest groups back 'cinema for the town centre'
    Businesses and councillors in Haverfordwest are throwing their weight behind plans for a town centre cinema complex.

    NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE:See what's left inside the old Odeon cinema as demolition gathers pace
    From outside the building site you can get a glimpse of the 1930s cinema's art deco interior - so catch it while you can

    PLYMOUTH:'They won't list the Reel Cinema - but I can't let it be bulldozed'
    Despite attempts to get Reel Cinema listed, the building has undergone too many interior alterations to make it a viable candidate.
    But with plans to demolish the 1930s structure, built on the site of the former Theatre Royal, the fight continues to ward off developers and keep it standing.
    Now there is only one thing left to do – keep fighting. One city resident and avid cinema-goer, Karl Parsons, knows this more than anyone.

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