First Saudi independent cinema set to open in Jeddah

Developed in collaboration with RSIFF, it features a 168-seat main theatre, a 30-seat community screening room, a multimedia library and an educational exhibition space. JEDDAH: Art Jameel has announced that the first Saudi independent cinema will open on Dec. 6, coinciding with the second Red Sea International Film Festival. It said Hayy Cinema, in Jeddah’s Hayy Jameel, aims to expand the cinema experience by serving as a meeting point to watch, discover, research and learn about films, and exchange knowledge. Developed in collaboration with RSIFF, it features a 168-seat main…

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Work to start on Halton Leisure Centre as price jumps to £31m

With an eye towards a January 2025 opening, main contractor Wates Construction is set to begin enabling works for the facility in December. When complete, the 50,000 sq ft Halton Leisure Centre will have a 100-station gym, sports hall, squash court, health consultation rooms, café, and a six-lane swimming pool. The Ellis Williams-designed centre would have parking for more than 150 cars, including five electric vehicle charging points and the capacity to add up to 15 more. Plans for the Halton Leisure Centre were approved in November 2020, but construction was…

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Vacant Birkenhead building could become wellbeing centre

Plans have been lodged to transform the Treasury Annex Building by Hamilton Square into a health and cultural facility known as Joy. Joy is the creation of Open Door Charity, a Merseyside-based organisation that uses art and talking therapies to help treat and support those struggling with mental health. Open Door has received support from Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust on the Joy project, which was also part of Wirral Council’s successful £25m Town Deal award. If approved, Joy will call the Treasury Annex Building home. The…

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