Past News

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

    Week commencing Monday18th February 2019

    LONDON (Finchley): Phoenix Cinema's £50,000 bid to stay open
    The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley is known for its Art Deco style and single screen used to show mainly art house flicks...
    It has already managed to raise £30,000 of their goal of £50,000 and is now trying to raise £20,000 on crowdfunding site JustGiving in a bid to buy time to save the cinema.
    Donate your support here!

    LONDON (Hammersmith): get flashy new cinema as part of massive revamp
    This is how the heart of Hammersmith could look in the future as part of a massive multi-million pound facelift that would completely transform the area.
    Central to the revamp is a smart new cinema, but there will also be shops, bars, homes and a new look for the "ugly" Hammersmith Town Hall, too.
    The new cinema would have four screens, and it would to replace the demolished Cineworld.

    ASHFORD: Plans to redevelop Mecca Bingo and Vicarage Lane car park revealed
    Bold plans to turn a former Mecca Bingo building and town centre car park into a multi-million pound leisure complex have been revealed.
    Ashford Borough Council hopes to partially demolish the ex-Odeon, flattening the rear of the property and knocking through the former entrance in the Lower High Street to make a pedestrian route leading to a new public square on the car park.

    BEDMINSTER: New cinema planned for East Street
    A £50million regeneration of East Street in Bedminster could see a new cinema built into a refurbished shopping centre.
    Firmstone have signed up Scott Cinemas, who run the Orpheus cinema in Henleaze, to open it.

    BIRKENHEAD: Wirral Council spend £7m on cinema
    Wirral council splashed out £7.1m on the 1,756-seater Vue Cinema in Birkenhead, in a move it's hoped will mean a "stream of income" for the local authority – despite also needing to find £45m of savings over the next year
    SEE ALSO: Here's what's ACTUALLY going to happen to the Vue cinema site bought by council for £7m
    These are the crucial details about what's actually going to happen to a Birkenhead town centre cinema bought by the council for over £7m.
    But what has now become clear is that the plans will involve knocking down the building in Conway Park as part of the £1bn wider regeneration set to transform the struggling town.

    BRIDGWATER: Scott Cinemas will open new seven-screen multiplex at Northgate site
    Sedgemoor District Council and WTW-SCOTT Cinema Group have both announced that the new cinema will be the main component in this leisure-led regeneration scheme.
    The firm will close its current two-screen cinema in Penel Orlieu - a long-standing feature of the town - in order to open the "flagship attraction" at the highly-anticipated complex.

    GREAT YARMOUTH: Multiplex ambition being “brought forward” following Hollywood cinema closure
    The man behind The Edge casino and leisure complex has said there is “clear interest” in bringing a multiplex cinema to Yarmouth.

    HELENSBURGH: Arts centre unveils cinema expansion plan
    A Helensburgh cinema and entertainment complex has announced plans to expand its facilities by adding a fourth screen – along with a function suite and bar. The Tower, based in the former St Columba’s Parish Church on Sinclair Street, has been open since 2016...

    LIVERPOOL: A new cinema and loads of shops are coming to this part
    Plans for a cinema, gym and new shops in an improving part of Liverpool have all been given the go-ahead by the council.
    Liverpool Shopping Park houses brands including M&S Food Hall, H&M and River Island.
    ...the site is set to expand again, with a six screen cinema, a Hollywood Bowl and a two floor M&S.

    LYME REGIS: Fire-hit cinema design plans redrawn
    WTW-Scott Cinemas said false rumours were spreading that it had sold the site following the merger of Regent owner Scott Cinemas with WTW in 2017.
    The company, which also owns cinemas in Cornwall and Devon, said in January 2018 that its plans to rebuild the 1930s structure had not met "required design of financial criteria".
    In a new statement, it said it was now working on a fourth set of design proposals in a bid to find a "financially and architecturally viable" solution.

    MARGATE: Councillors defy officer recommendation and approve Dreamland hotel
    Controversial plans to build a 124 bed hotel on Margate seafront have been approved by Thanet council.
    Plans were brought forward by Margate Estates, the parent company for Dreamland, and recommended for refusal by planning officers who argued the design compromised views of the Grade II* listed cinema building and were at odds with the town’s Seafront Conservation Area aesthetic.

    NUNEATON: Mystery buyer snaps up this historic building
    The Nuneaton Local History Group (NLHG) claims that an investor has bought the former Ritz building in Abbey Street.
    It is understood that legal paperwork is currently being drawn up before the identity of the new owner can be revealed.
    LOCAL REACTION TO THIS NEWS: 'We need a theatre or cinema'
    A fallen gem in Nuneaton town centre's crown should be turned into a cinema, theatre or even new shops.
    That is the overriding message from readers following news that a mystery buyer has bought the old Ritz in Abbey Street.

    WHITEHILL and BORDON (Hampshire): Town centre rejuvenation to include six-screen cinema and business hub
    Production of the new town centre for Whitehill and Bordon, Hampshire took major strides forward this week.
    The development plans were granted planning consent and the first major occupiers and operators were confirmed.
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    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 11th February 2019

    BELFAST: Moviehouse cinema closure confirmed for May - site bought by software firm
    Michael McAdam, Movie House Cinemas, managing director, said: "We've been trading at Dublin Road for 12 years but recently we've seen a big shift in cinema attendance out of Belfast city centre to suburban cinemas, which offer free parking."

    BUILTH WELLS: Wyeside Arts Centre's £5m revamp revealed
    The Castle Cinema which currently holds 183 seats is proposed to be split into two smaller auditoriums of 77 and 75 seats and will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

    DEAL: Town Council raise no objections to Regent cinema plans
    "We do need a cinema so let's get one back into the town." That was the plea from the Mayor of Deal as councillors considered the latest plans for The Regent in Beach Street.

    DOUGLAS: Plans for £25m cinema and hotel complex approved
    Chief Minister Howard Quayle said: "This is fantastic news. The development of this site will be a welcome addition to Douglas town centre, creating a focus of activity with new jobs and facilities."

    Petition to save 02 ABC set to pass 10,000 today as Glaswegians rally against demolition
    “The ABC building is as important to people in Glasgow as the Art School, in some cases more so. More people will have gone to the cinema or a gig there than has attended the Art School, but it does not seem to be attracting the same support as has rebuilding the Art School"

    NORFOLK: Hollywood Cinemas in Norwich and Great Yarmouth closed as chain ceases trading
    The chain has appointed administrators Nick Cusack of Parker Andrews who are looking for offers for Great Yarmouth and Norwich, but say Dereham has been sold and will continue under new ownership.

    SOUTHEND-ON-SEA: 'Kursaal and Odeon could be forced to close if Seaway goes ahead'
    £50million leisure development planned for Seaway could force other Southend businesses to close, a council meeting heard.
    SEE ALSO: Southend BID backs plans for controversial Seaway leisure park
    Southend Business Improvement District (BID) and its members have backed controversial plans to redevelop the Seaway car park owned by Southend Council into a facility with IMAX cinema, shops, cafes, restaurants and a hotel.

    WAKEFIELD: Council urged to scrap plan to bulldoze old ABC Cinema
    A National organisation is urging Wakefield Council to re-think its intentions to demolish the old ABC cinema and plan for its future.
    The Cinema Theatre Association (CTA), which works to preserve such buildings across the country, has penned a strongly-worded letter criticising the authority for allowing the building to fall into disrepair.


    Week commencing Monday 4th February 2019

    LONDON (Harrow): Hidden Art Deco masterpiece
    The former Dominion remains one of London’s hidden gems — one that is crying out to be restored.

    LONDON (Kensington): Heatherwick Studio plans $1.3 billion development
    Heatherwick Studio blended old and new with impressive results for London's Coal Drops Yard and the firm is set to do the same again with an even bigger project in the UK's capital, Olympia London.
    The £1 billion (roughly US$1.3 billion) development will update the city's 132 year old Olympia exhibition centre...
    Notable features will include a 1,500-seat theatre, a 1,000-seat performing arts venue, two hotels, a cinema, and around 670,000 sq ft (62,245 sq m) of office space.

    EDINBURGH: Plans approved for cinema and farmers’ markets at Waverley Mall
    Moorgarth, asset manager for the Waverley Mall, has won planning permission to create a single-storey u-shaped building on the roof of the shopping centre.
    A plaza on top of Waverley Mall will provide a performance space, as well as an area for farmers markets, pop ups, musical entertainment and an open air cinema.

    Plan submitted to demolish fire-ravaged O2 ABC building
    Plans have been submitted to demolish the O2 ABC in Glasgow...
    The music venue was severely damaged when fire broke out in June 2018 at the neighbouring Glasgow School of Art building for a second time.
    SEE ALSO: Glasgow reacts over plans to demolish iconic O2 ABC after Art School blaze

    HUDDERSFIELD: The £1m redevelopment of The Colosseum is back on
    Plans costing more than £1m to redevelop a derelict former cinema, bar and nightclub into a major leisure-spot called The Colosseum are back on track.

    PLYMOUTH: When the Beatles and the Rolling Stones appeared at Reel Cinema
    Chris Robinson reflects on the iconic building which has served Plymouth well for more than 80 years
    [NOTE: this link includes a video with pictures of the Drake and other Plymouth cinemas]


    Week commencing Monday 28th Janaury 2019

    CUMBERNAULD: New cinema and restaurant complex planned
    The owner of The Centre Cumbernauld has drawn up plans for a new cinema and restaurant complex.
    It will include four family restaurants, a ‘Tier 1’ eight screen cinema with a 1168 seats, a new glazed entrance atrium, dedicated car parking, and an opportunity for the St Enoch’s Clock to be relocated.

    DEAL: Astor Picture House cinema project for theatre, town council votes
    A scheme for a community cinema at the Astor has taken a sidewards step.
    A vote was passed at Deal Town Council to pass a request for £3,500 for the scheme to it special projects sub-committee.
    If the project goes ahead films would be shown at the town's Astor Community Theatre every week instead of the usual once a month.

    EDINBURGH: 16 lost cinemas that are gone but not forgotten
    Today there are less than a dozen cinemas in Edinburgh, but once upon a time there were around a dozen for just about every postcode.

    FORT WILLIAM: Coming soon as long-awaited Highland cinema gets underway
    The town centre in Fort William is buzzing with construction workers as a plan to raze the former Cameron Centre in Cameron Square to the ground gets underway.

    GRAYS: State Cinema plans could be delayed again
    An ambitious plan to refurbish and redevelop the State Cinema, on George Street in Grays into a Wetherspoons bar was approved by Thurrock Council almost six months ago but work may not begin for another year.

    WELLINGTON: Fundraising campaign launched
    The organisation behind the transformation of the former HSBC building in Wellington into a new arthouse, cinema and café bar is looking to raise up to £100,000 to make the vision a reality.