EMD Granada exterior

£17m deal to refurbish venue where Beatles and Rolling Stones performed

An arts venue that hosted the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and James Brown is set to reopen after a deal was struck for a £17 million refurbishment. Waltham Forest council has bought EMD Cinema for £2.8 million and plans to turn the Grade II listed building — which closed after falling into disrepair — into a 1,000-seat auditorium in partnership with Soho Theatre. The plan is for a “local theatre with a national profile” that attracts big-name comics and musicians, as well as offering community and education programmes. Dating back…

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Redeveloped £14.8m Hadrian's Wall visitor centre opens this weekend

Redeveloped £14.8m Hadrian’s Wall visitor centre opens this weekend

Northumberland’s long-awaited Landscape Discovery Centre and Youth Hostel at Hadrian’s Wall – known as “The Sill” – will open to the public this weekend (29 July) after more than three years of development for the British heritage attraction. Designed by Newcastle-based architects Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall (JDDK), the £14.8m (US$19.4m, €16.6m) project was given the go-ahead in October 2014, with the public opening to take place during National Parks’ Week. Replacing a 1960s-era visitor centre, the Hadrian’s Wall site has been completely redeveloped to incorporate learning facilities, youth hostel…

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Oldham Town Hall - redeveloped auditorium

Old & new blended in Town Hall redevelopment

| “Heritage features and contemporary design blend together at Oldham’s Old Town Hall cinema and leisure complex” | As final preparations are completed for the seven-screen Odeon cinema and Costa café launch, guests were given a first-glimpse tour of the grade II-listed building after its £37 million restoration. Visitors to the new cinema will be able to enjoy blockbuster films inside auditoriums set into the town hall’s original rooms, including the ballroom and former courthouses. Original features, including the grand staircase, doors, floors and artwork have been painstakingly restored   throughout the building, with new iSense…

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