LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 6th September 2021

CHRISTCHURCH: Dirt In the Gate Movies presents - 35mm film back at The Regent
On the 26th December 2021 we celebrate our 90th birthday of entertaining the people of Christchurch.
For the first 70 years of The Regent's existence, we showed all our films on print. Technology advanced and we moved onto digital projection, allowing us to show a more diverse range of films including digital broadcasts.
After the transition, for many years we couldn’t show any print film reels. Thanks to the hard work for our projection volunteers, we have refurbished our 35mm projector.

KIRKBY: Town centre development plans progressing
Development plans in Kirkby town centre continue to progress, council chiefs have said.
Plans are also underway for the multi-screen cinema scheme, including food and drink outlets, with the second phase of ground investigation works recently being completed.

PAISLEY: Remember when ... the Glen Cinema tragedy of 1929
Seventy-one children lost their lives in Paisley’s Glen Cinema, on Hogmanay 1929, when a smoking film canister created panic during a matinee at which more than 600 children were present.

PLYMOUTH: £4m cinema redevelopment project moves forward
The first businesses could be operating from Plymouth’s enormous former Millennium nightclub and cinema building by mid-2022 as work accelerates on a £4m project to transform it into a music venue and work units.
The building began life as The Gaumont Palace cinema in 1931...

RINGWOOD: Housing plans at former cinema set for public display
Developers have said that they will bring a former Ringwood cinema back to “its original grandeur” as housing ahead of public consultation meetings.
Architecture and town planning service Evans & Traves will hold a meeting to inform the public of developments for the former Regal Cinema building in Ringwood – which has stood empty for around 15 years.

SALISBURY: Former Regal Cinema in Endless Street
The Regal gave its last film performance on January 25 1969 when Steve McQueen in ‘Bullitt’ played to packed houses.
It reopened shortly afterwards as a Bingo hall and remained as such until recent times – it is now up for sale and its fate unknown.
Odeon cinema celebrates 90th birthday
On September 7th, the Odeon cinema in New Canal, Salisbury celebrated its 90th birthday.
To coincide with this milestone a gathering was held in the Odeon which also celebrated the publication of a book telling the history of cinema in Salisbury.

WORKINGTON: The wait is almost over for film lovers
Daryl Davidson, head of operations and finance for The Ritz Cinema, said: “We haven’t got a firm opening date but it should be in the next few weeks.
“We are currently discussing with contractors now and we’re excited to have a cinema back in Workington."


AUSTRALIA - SYDNEY: ‘Embodiment of the revival’: State eyes theatre to secure Kings Cross rebirth
The NSW government is eyeing the purchase of a mothballed heritage theatre in Kings Cross to secure the economic revival of the former red-light district as a major cultural destination.
The proposed acquisition of the Minerva in Potts Point would anchor the downtrodden strip’s transformation as a theatre district and halt plans by the art-deco building’s recent buyers to turn it into a 63-room hotel with a bar and nightclub.
{CTA members viewed the exterior of this cinema, as the Metro, on the visit to Australia in 2006}