LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 29th March 2021

NATIONAL NEWS: Cineworld’s struggles over the post-Covid social life
Even asking the question about film lovers’ appetite to get back to the movies is a luxury Cineworld can barely afford.
Last November’s emergency fundraising was meant to keep the company going until the reopening of its theatres this year. It came up short.

BURNLEY: First phase of £21m town centre redevelopment given the go-ahead
Burnley Council has given the go ahead for a new seven-screen cinema and 12,750 sq ft of leisure and retail floorspace across five units, centred around a new public realm and a refurbished Curzon Street car park.

HUDDERSFIELD: Multi-million Kingsgate Leisure plan moves forward after council green light
The latest element of the revamp, to include a cinema to be run by The Light, a bowling alley, restaurants and other leisure facilities, involves filling in the existing south service yard exit to form a new unit and entrance.
Planning permission was granted by Kirklees Council last week.

LUDLOW: Assembly Rooms looks to the future after £3.5m revamp
Ludlow Assembly Rooms has been completely transformed under the multi-million project from Shropshire Council and Pave Aways Building Contractors.
Helen Hughes, CEO of Ludlow Assembly Rooms said: “It’s going to be the most exciting venue for cinema, theatre and live events in Shropshire and north Herefordshire.
“From the outside you can see the historic old building, but it actually hides a modern and new theatre.

NEWARK: Burglar broke into Odeon cinema and stole fizzy drinks
A man who broke into a town's cinema and stole fizzy drinks has been jailed.
[Not an especially interesting article but what is Odeon fanatical about in Newark? Seems to be censored!]

PETERHEAD: Arc Cinema planning for May reopening
Under the current Scottish Government plans to ease lockdown, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that cinemas can reopen on Monday, May 17.
With a target date now in sight, the Aberdeenshire cinema is looking to show the latest releases starting with Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway on Friday, May 21.

PITSEA: Historic cinema could be bought by the council as fears grow that it will soon be beyond repair
An Essex town's former-cinema which has stood vacant for the past decade could soon fall into council ownership if nothing is done to the site.
The Broadway Cinema in Pitsea, Essex, has been a mainstay in the town for more than 90 years.
Over time, it became more and more decrepit, and subject to a number of unfortunate incidents.

SALFORD: Mystery over future of iconic Grade ll listed cinema
The future of the iconic Grade II listed Salford Cinema, which for years has been used by the New Harvest Church, is in doubt as owners Richard and Nancy Salazar have told the church to leave the premises.

TAMWORTH: Drayton Manor unveils huge drive-in cinema plan - for 500 cars
The drive-in cinema at the current Ley Field car park would show three films per day during the week and four per day at weekends