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LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 13th November 2023

DUNDEE: Silver screen flings were nothing compared to the love affair between Dundee and the cinema
At the peak of film-going, in the 1930s and 1940s, Dundee had more cinemas and seats per head of population than anywhere else in the UK.

EDINBURGH: Filmhouse campaigners insist historic cinema has a ‘viable’ future
Leading figures spearheading a bid to revive Edinburgh's boarded-up Filmhouse cinema have insisted it has a "viable" future – as long as they can raise enough money for a refurbishment.
Ex-chief executive Ginnie Atkinson, one of four members of staff who have launched a new charity to try to reopen the venue, admitted parts of the venue, including seating more than 20 years old, were in a "pretty poor" condition.

HEREFORD: Freedom Church to get an eye-catching new look
An evangelical group plans to make its church in central Hereford more eye-catching with large signs and a video wall.
The Art Deco building opened as the Ritz Cinema in 1938 with seating for over 1,000.
It then went through several name changes and alterations, with part of the building later becoming a bingo hall and night club.

LIVERPOOL: New images show how iconic Littlewoods building will look after £70m transformation
Major plans to transform the iconic Littlewoods building in Liverpool into a television and film complex have been submitted.
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has committed up to £17m to develop The Depot - two 22,000 sq ft film and TV studios now open nearby and managed by Liverpool Film Office - and larger studios in the adjacent Littlewoods building as part of mayor Steve Rotheram's vision to turn the city region into the 'Hollywood of the North'.
According to Capital & Centric's proposal, the redevelopment will include a screening and performance space – open to the public - with an existing hanger to feature four cinema screens, a performance space and a food hall.

SUNDERLAND: £2million plan to revive Sunniside Leisure complex after string of closures, including Empire Cinema loss
Multi-million pound proposals to revive a struggling leisure complex on Wearside are being explored by council bosses, following the closure of the city’s cinema.
Another city centre investment proposal includes £2million for Sunniside Leisure, a large leisure complex housing a casino, bowling, restaurant units and a now vacant multiplex cinema.
Back in July, 2023, Empire Cinemas also announced several cinema closures with ‘immediate effect’ after going into administration – a decision which left Sunderland without a cinema.

SWINDON: Vue confirm takeover of Empire cinema
The multiplex chain, which has acquired the Greenbridge Retail Park site, will soon welcome back cinemagoers in the near future, and is investing in a major refit that will be carried out next year to add recliner seats to every screening room.
The cinema, which includes 11 screens and the area’s only IMAX, will reopen before that refit work begins, though an exact date has not yet been revealed.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE: Opening date of new cinema potentially teased
A potential opening date for Weston's new Merlin Cinema might have been teased on social media.
The new cinema will take the place of the town's former ODEON, which closed its doors in June.
Once opened, the cinema will be known as the PLAZA Weston-super-Mare.