Melanie Lewis

Shakespeare North names chief executive

Melanie Lewis has been appointed as the first permanent boss of the £27m Prescot theatre ahead of its opening in 2022. Lewis, who will start in the role in August, is currently an executive director with National Museums Liverpool, where she leads on commercial enterprises, visitor experience, strategy and planning. She has been with NML since 2012, joining the leadership team two years later. Max Steinberg, chair of operating body The Shakespeare North Trust, said: “The Shakespeare North Playhouse is a truly remarkable and special project and, as such, requires…

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AMC Discover Mills by valerierenee (Wikimedia Commons)

Wanda sells off AMC theatres stake for $426 Million

Wanda has had a controlling stake in the exhibition giant since 2012, but January’s Reddit-fueled rally saw the company trade in its super-voting Class B stock for Class A common stock, giving up control but giving it the option to cash out. Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group has sold off essentially its entire stake in AMC Theatres, officially exiting the U.S. theatrical exhibition business. Wanda has had a controlling stake in the exhibition giant since 2012, but January’s Reddit-fueled rally saw the company trade in its super-voting Class B stock for…

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Precot Picture Palace

Fresh hope of bringing town’s majestic Picture Palace back to life

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…

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