Prescot Picture Palace

Historic Prescot Picture Palace seeks operator

People are invited to express their interest in operating a regenerated historic cinema. The renovated Prescot Picture Palace site is taking submissions of interest to bring the original 1912 town centre cinema site back to its former glory. Entries close at the end of the month on April 30, 2021, with the process, being run by The Big Picture Cinema Heritage Consultants on behalf of Knowsley Council, seeking enthusiastic owners or operators for the unique original cinema site to see the heritage asset returned to its former splendour. As part…

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Longfield Shopping Centre

Council eyes Prestwich for new development

Bury Council has started talks to buy Longfield Shopping Centre from Hollins Murray Group to progress the delivery of a mixed-use scheme in the town centre in partnership with Muse Developments. HMG is courting reduced offers for the retail complex, presenting Bury with the opportunity to take control of the centre and its long-awaited redevelopment into “a distinct, usable civic external space, which symbolises the centre of the neighbourhood”.A report to Bury Council’s cabinet states that it has received notification that HMG would be “willing to consider a reduced price”…

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Regal Cinema Model

Tribute to model maker for brilliant scale replicas of landmark Leamington cinema

A former manager of Leamington’s landmark cinema has paid tribute to his late friend and model maker who created brilliant scale replicas of the building. Gary Stevens was the manager of The Apollo Cinema – now the Vue Cinema – in Portand Place East in the 1990s when he first met Peter Lee. Peter lived in Leamington with his wife Sally for 45 years and he became known by town historians and art fans for his hobby that led to TV and radio interviews, a DVD of his work, and…

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