It is hoped the cinema’s new operator will be announced in August.
Heritage campaigners are sifting through applications to re-open an historic cinema in the centre of Prescot. A closing date of April 30 was set for expressions of interest to be received on refurbishing and re-launching Prescot Picture Palace.
The cinema, which dates from 1912, currently stands at 1,022sq m, with a 160 seat capacity. But there is scope for the site to be improved and enlarged to increase the existing auditorium seating capacity, as well as food and beverage, and more screens and an extension to the existing building.
Original features of the cinema include a landmark façade and barrel-ceilinged auditorium which have survived intact, as well as 120 of the original cinema seats. Under the funded restoration scheme, the balcony that was partly demolished in the 1980s could be reinstated, providing more seating capacity.
Independent cinema specialists The Big Picture are leading the search to find an operator to lease the historic cinema. John Sullivan, director of The Big Picture, said interest in restoring the site to its former glory had been “very strong”. He added this was an “historic opportunity to honour the legacy of the building while bringing it right into the 21st century. “For Prescot to host a true Picture Palace once more gives local residents the experience of immersing themselves in the latest cinema releases, while also honouring the town’s history and heritage.”….