Past News

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

    Week commencing Monday 31st December 2018

    BRADFORD: Cost of Odeon transformation now predicted to be £22.7 million...
    The redevelopment of Bradford’s former Odeon building will get an extra £32,500 funding from West Yorkshire Combined Authority...

    DEAL: Plans for cinema and restaurant submitted again at The Regent
    Mark Digweed and James Wallace, who bought the freehold of the Beach Street premises in 2011, have submitted a planning application to Dover District Council for a two-screen cinema seating 200 and an adjoining restaurant.

    EXETER: Nostalgia - The cinema which survived bombings and Rolling Stones fans
    Few cinemas in Devon can claim to have such a fascinating history as that of Exeter’s Odeon, a once grand building which not only miraculously survived unscathed but has hosted performances by some of the biggest stars back in its heyday.

    HAYES (West London): New cinema and live music venue moves closer to reality
    A new complex including a three-screen cinema and a live music venue has moved a step closer to reality in Hayes.
    It will be part of The Old Vinyl Factory development, on the eight-acre site of the former EMI record plant, where records by The Beatles and Pink Floyd were pressed in the past.

    HUDDERSFIELD: To get first cinema in town centre for decades
    Planners have approved a nine-screen multiplex to take over the top floor of what is currently House of Fraser in the Kingsgate Centre.

    MAIDSTONE: Fire hits empty Granada cinema
    Four customers and five members of staff from Buzz Bingo, formerly the Gala club in Lower Stone Street, Maidstone, were evacuated for one and a half hours while firefighters put out the flames and made the building safe.
    The fire is believed to have been started deliberately in the former Granada cinema next door.

    PAISLEY: Glen Cinema: Remembrance service to mark Hogmanay disaster which killed 69 kids
    Survivors joined the family of victims and mourners from across the town as they pause to remember the lives lost 89 years ago.

    WEM: Bygones - When the silver screen came
    Records show that in the early 1900s, the Cheshire Animated Picture Co. presented occasional screenings in Wem Town Hall.
    Te nightly Picture Palace in the White Horse Assembly Rooms followed with shows from 7.00pm to 10.30pm...

    A Brooklyn movie theater was originally known as the Sanders when opened up nearly a century ago in Prospect Park. It later became known as the Pavilion after the building was renovated in 1996.

    But last week, the landmark reopened as Nitehawk Cinema, which offers nostalgia as well as a fresh take going out to the movies.


    Week commencing Monday 24th December 2018

    LONDON (Leicester Square): ODEON reopens after a multi-millioan pound refurbishment
    The re-opened Odeon Luxe Leicester Square cinema has undergone a major 11-month refurbishment.
    The new 800-seat cinema will feature a cocktail bar and reclining seats, meaning prices have increased at the venue.
    Social media users have voiced their outrage at steep ticket prices...

    See also How Odeon's UK and Ireland chief plans to transform the multiplex experience

    BALA: Curtains to close on cinema after Christmas
    A cinema and theatre that has been running at a loss for two years amid suggestions of managerial neglect by a council will close and make five redundancies after Christmas.

    BILLINGHAM: Former cinema dating back to 1928 up for sale for £600,000
    Picture House Buildings on South View in Billingham - now a "mixed use investment" property - has come on the market.

    CROMARTY: Funding secured as Film Society prepares to build its new home
    The Cromarty and Resolis Film Society has now gained complete funding for the project and the creation of the £240,000 cinema is expected to start in March.

    DEAL: Astor Theatre may project new releases if grant funding can be approved in the absence of plans for the Regent Cinema
    Plans to open a community cinema at The Astor Theatre are gaining momentum while the town continues to wait for the Regent owners to make their next move.
    The theatre’s artistic director James Tillett was approached by Dover District Council with the idea- which would run alongside its dramatic and artistic productions - at the end of the summer.

    LARGS: Plan for new cinema revealed
    Plans have been revealed to create a new cinema in Largs - and make it free for the community to use.
    The ambitious move would see a site in the town converted to bring Hollywood movies back to the town for the first time since Barrfields Theatre closed down its cinema almost 30 years ago.
    St John's Church in Largs is behind the proposal to transform Dunn Memorial Hall into the modern facility.

    LLANELLI: Nearly 50 years ago a boy helped his dad lay a cinema’s carpet - now he’s doing it again
    Wayne Davies was just 11 years old back in 1971 when he helped his father fit a distinctive carpet to the floor of an old cinema.
    But he could never have predicted that 47 years later he would be doing the exact same thing again - with the exact same carpet.

    TORQUAY: New six-screen cinema planned for old BHS high street store
    Torquay's high street is about to get a major boost with plans for a new six-screen multiplex cinema in the former BHS store in Union Street in a 'rapid deal' set to happen in 2019.
    The proposal, by national cinema operator Merlin, is to move from its current site, the Central Cinema in Abbey Road which will be redeveloped.


    Week commencing Monday 17th December 2018

    Odeon has spent 2018 peeling back the layers of this historic building ready for the UK's first Dolby Cinema to go in.
    Over 400 Dolby Atmos speakers and 10 miles of cable being installed in the vast two-tier auditorium

    GRIMSBY: Update on Riverhead cinema and it's not very promising
    Work on the nine-screen cinema and restaurant complex had been due to commence in October, but as the New Year approaches there is still no sign of work on site.

    HULL: Funding bid on track for blitz-hit National Picture Theatre
    A campaign to turn a bombed-out cinema into a memorial to life in the Hull blitz could be in line for a lottery grant of £288,000.

    LEWES: Showcasing building excellence
    A new cinema in East Sussex has been awarded the title of ‘best public service building’ for its combination of technical innovation, sustainability and design.
    The Depot is a community cinema located on Pinwell Road in the town of Lewes which shows features and independent art-house films, hosts events, exhibitions and festivals...

    LINCOLN: Opening date confirmed for new four-screen Everyman Cinema
    Work to create a new four-screen cinema along with new shops and a public square in Lincoln city centre is set to begin in the first week of January.
    The new three-storey glass-fronted Everyman Cinema will show the latest blockbusters as well as classic movies and is set to open in early 2020.

    PERTH: Developers poised to lodge plans for £30m cinema and shopping complex
    The highly anticipated Mill Quarter development promises to create hundreds of jobs and deliver a radical boost to the area’s flagging nightlife.

    PLYMOUTH: Is getting another cinema - and this one looks awesome
    Plymouth is to get a new cinema - a three-screen trendy boutique movie-house which will serve pizza and alcohol at screenings in the Royal William Yard.
    Award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash has signed a deal with boutique cinema operator Everyman for it to create a three-screen picture-house in the historic Melville building.

    SCARBOROUGH: New cinema: plans change again, with a new Sky Bar and far fewer parking spaces
    Scarborough Council granted permission to Benchmark Leisure Limited to build the cinema, car park and restaurant development on the former Atlantis water park site at Peasholm Gap in 2015 but the scheme has been dogged by delays.

    SOUTHEND-ON-SEA: £50m leisure park including 11-screen cinema planned
    The centre is expected to include a state-of-the-art 11 screen cinema with IMAX screen, an 80 room Travelodge hotel and a bowling alley.

    LOS ANGELES: Museum devoted to magic of cinema to open
    The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, slated to open by the end of 2019, will be devoted to the past, present and future of film, offering visitors a look behind the screen and into how movies are made.

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    WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 10th December 2018

    LONDON (Elephant and Castle): £2bn shopping centre scheme final go-ahead
    Demolition of the existing shopping centre in Southwark is now expected to get underway in the new year.
    The developer’s plan includes over 170,000 sq ft of new shops and restaurants, a 1,000 seat multi-screen cinema and a 500-audience capacity grass-roots cultural venue.

    LONDON (Leicester Square): We took a sneak peek inside the UK's first Dolby Cinema
    Odeon has spent 2018 peeling back the layers of this historic building ready for the UK's first Dolby Cinema to go in
    Over 400 Dolby Atmos speakers and 10 miles of cable being installed in the vast two-tier auditorium

    LONDON (Lewisham): Further details of new cinema and housing plans emerge
    Initial plans were blocked and have now been altered to include the cinema and more “affordable” homes.

    ABINGDON: Christmas opening revealed for Abbey Hall Cinema
    Movie fans in Abingdon have cause to celebrate this festive season with it revealed the town’s new pop-up cinema will be open before Christmas.

    BLAENAU FFESTINIOG: North Wales cinema saved after celebrity fundraising campaign
    Cellb, the former police station turned community centre in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd had faced closure after an insurance claim to repair storm damage to the building was rejected.
    Non-profit organisation Gwallgofiaid launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £10,000 to keep the centre open.

    BRADFORD: Cinema workers' last look inside Odeon before Bradford Live transformation
    Former cinema workers toured Bradford's iconic Odeon building 18 years after the last screenings at the venue.
    A group of ex-colleagues were invited into the landmark building ahead of the floors and dividing walls which created the cinemas screens and bingo hall being removed next month.

    DAVENTRY: Extra £4m for increased cinema costs agreed by councillors
    Problems with the groundworks mean that the price of the project has risen from £8.2million to £12.3million, while costs in relocating the library from its current premises at Mulberry Place - where the cinema would be built - to a refurbished Abbey Resource Centre have also spiralled from £700,000 to £1.5million.

    GLASGOW: A model project: developer unveils latest waterfront plans
    The development will deliver retail stores, restaurants and cafes, a waterfront promenade, multiplex cinema, gym, family leisure facilities, public squares, and a major event space.

    TENTERDEN: Questions about Pebbles building for cinema
    Doubt has been cast about the suitability of the building chosen to house a future £2.5 million cinema in Tenterden.
    ...Ashford Borough Council's conservation officer has significant misgivings over the chosen Grade II-listed Pebbles building.