Broad Street Cinema

Reading’s Broad Street Mall cinema could open in just four weeks after police u-turn

A new independent cinema could open its doors at Reading’s Broad Street Mall in just four weeks. Indie cinema company Really Local Group have been preparing to open Reading Biscuit Factory since early 2020, and were left ” baffled” when the police and council objected to their plans. But both authorities have now withdrawn their objections, leaving the cinema opening on track for four to eight weeks’ time. A spokesman for Reading Borough Council said: “Objections have been withdrawn. All parties are in agreement, so the meeting has been dispensed with.”………

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Sol Cinema

UK’s smallest cinema forced to stay shut despite coronavirus restrictions easing

A tiny cinema within a caravan has been forced to keep its doors shut due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The cinema’s projectionist, Paul O’Connor, who currently lives in Swansea, Wales, says that it is impossible to social distance in Sol Cinema and they hadn’t factored a pandemic into designs when creating it. The compact cinema is within a three berth caravan and can sit up to eight adults or 16 children, meaning that following any social distancing is virtually impossible and that the quirky picture house has to remain…

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Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Kingswood

South Gloucestershire Council buys Kings Chase shopping centre for £10m

Deal for Kingswood’s retail complex could see redevelopment with new homes as part of £25m town centre transformation. Kings Chase shopping centre in Kingswood could be turned into homes and leisure as well as retail after South Gloucestershire Council announced it had bought it for £10million. It solves the mystery “significant” property deal, at the heart of a £25million transformation of the town centre, which the authority has kept under wraps since February because of commercial sensitivity while negotiations concluded. The purchase of the complex and car park is a major…

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