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LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 25th March 2024

LONDON (West End): Architect submits plan to transform West End theatre into first European base for Cirque du Soleil
SPPARC has unveiled its plans to transform a grade II-listed cinema building in the heart of London’s West End into the first European base of Cirque du Soleil.
Proposals submitted to Camden council for developer Yoo Capital would see the partial demolition of the Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue and the addition of a six-storey roof extension.
The existing building, now a four-screen Odeon cinema, was one of the largest theatres in the West End when it was built in 1931 with a capacity of 1,530.

AYR: Cinema unveils historic tiles ahead of reopening
The revamped Astoria cinema in Ayr has revealed a piece of the building's history ahead of its reopening on Friday.
Renovation works by the property's new owners, Merlin Cinemas, have put historic tiles at the front of the Burns Statue Square building back on show, ready for its first customers...

BARNSLEY: The cinema screenings aiming to get people talking
More than 1,500 older people have been given free cinema tickets to help them make new friends.
Barnsley Council has been running the eight-month scheme to try and combat social isolation across the borough.
Project manager Jennifer Robertson said the project, funded by central government and Historic England, had been "fantastic".

BRIGHTON: D-day for Hippodrome as £20m revamp goes before councillors
Plans to restore the Hippodrome are due to go before councillors for a decision next week.
The building’s owner wants planning permission for a £20 million scheme to restore and renovate the grade II* listed building in Middle Street, Brighton.
Now, almost two years after the plans were lodged with Brighton and Hove City Council, a report has given official backing to the proposals.

EDINBURGH: New images give sneak peek of King's Theatre after huge makeover
The beloved redevelopment of the King's Theatre is 50 per cent complete.
With the end of the demolition work in sight, here is a sneak peek into the work done so far.

MANCHESTER (Stretford): How can we re-invigorate this art deco masterpiece?
The Longford Cinema, also known as The Longford Essoldo, The Top Rank Club, and affectionately nicknamed “The Cash Register”, is a historic landmark in Stretford, Manchester.
It sticks out like a sore thumb on Chester Road and looks like a relic of a time long past. Something which could have appeared from space.
Will we ever see it in use again? The answer looks unlikely at the moment, but, never say never.

NEWMARKET: Opening date revealed for Newmarket’s new cinema
The opening date for the new venture, at the Kings Theatre in Fitzroy Street, has been set for Friday, April 5.
And in the opening weeks cinema-goers will be treated to Dune: Part Two and Wicked Little Letters with Wonka and Migration set to appeal to younger audiences.

READING: Multimillion-pound plans for Hexagon Theatre approved
The Hexagon Theatre in Reading will be revitalised with a new 300-capacity studio auditorium, in addition to rehearsal space.
The overall scheme is expected to cost £13.7m.
Following planning approval, work on the site could begin as early as this summer.
Built in 1977, the Hexagon, Reading's largest arts venue, has struggled to be sufficiently modernised because of its age and condition.

SOUTH WALES: World's smallest movie theater runs on solar power
The Sol Cinema [via Atlas Obscura] is the world's smallest movie theater, and runs on solar power.
You can watch a film in this cute, environmentally friendly theater in Ceredigion, Wales.
The theater is built inside of a 60's style travel trailer, which goes on tours around South Wales to screen films about the environment.
Up to 8 people can sit inside at a time.


UNITED STATES (New York): Nearly century-old Brooklyn Paramount reopens as live music venue
The Brooklyn Paramount, a historic theater in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, re-opened as a live music venue on Wednesday, March 27 after years of restoration.
Stepping into the theatre is like stepping back into time as checkered flooring, marble pillars and ornament plaster ceiling designs surround guests at every turn.
[The venue originally opened in 1928, as the world’s first theater to show talking movies and a hotspot for world-famous performers.
In 1962, the space was converted into a basketball arena for Long Island University.
The original Mighty Wurlitzer organ will continue to be maintained by the New York Theatre Organ Society.]

UNITED STATES (San Francisco): The century old Castro Theater in SF undergoes $15 million renovation
The theater, adorned with gold columns and fancy wall tapestries, screened its last film on February 4, 2024. Its doors closed in preparation for a major renovation.
The renovation will cost more than $15 million and take approximately 15 months to complete.
The restoration will also include several modern day improvements like a fully ADA compliant auditorium and stage, acoustic upgrades, and a new seating system.