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Why cinemas will bounce back from coronavirus

It’s a dreadful time for the film industry, as for so many others. But if history shows us anything, it’s that the magic of the big screen isn’t going to vanish, writers Kaleem Aftab. Theatres are closing around the world. Jobs are being culled. No one knows when projectors will be fired up again. Cinema is far from unique in being an industry under threat in the time of Covid-19. But there is a particular irony in the fact that many of us have turned to streaming platforms to deliver…

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Artist impression of planned Arc Cinema Peterhead

Aberdeenshire: planned new cinema to be star attraction

Plans have been lodged to redesign the front of a building set to become a cinema in a north-east town. Arc Cinema in Peterhead has been a long-running project and has been built on the site of the former Gala Bingo in the town centre. Now the developers behind the venue have applied to Aberdeenshire Council planners to refurbish and improve the current facade of the building. They previously received permission to install signs on 63 Marischal Street but now want a more extensive renovation. The Irish firm want to…

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Existing frontage of Guildford Odeon (Image- SurreyLive)

Guildford cinema extension cancelled ‘temporarily’

Odeon withdraws application to refurbish cinema and extend into former Old Orleans restaurant building. Plans had been submitted to build two new screens. Odeon has withdrawn its planning application to refurbish its Guildford cinema and extend it into the former Old Orleans restaurant building. The cinema giant had submitted proposals to Guildford Borough Council (GBC) in February to build two new screens at its Bedford Road site, extending it into the building adjacent to it, which has laid vacant for a number of years. Two new, 74 seat auditoriums at the cinema looked set to be accompanied…

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