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Previously operated by: Picturehouse Cinemas UK
Firms: Panter Hudspith Architects
The Picturehouse opened on 2nd May 1997, and brought films back to the town for the first time since the previous Picture House closed in 1983.
This two screen cinema had a modern design with the screens seating 208 and 104 being located on the first floor of the building. There was a café/bar with an open air terrace for the convenience of patrons. The decorative finishes within the building were in lightwood, white and yellow which give an airy feel to the building. It was closed on January 4, 2020. In July 2020 the building was demolished to construct an 81-room Travelodge hotel on the site.
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Photo’s of the Picture House here:–
The site was originally part of an iron foundry and later a car repairs garage. Rebuilt in 1930s, extended in the 1950s and further extended when converted into a cinema. In September 2018 a planning application was submitted stating that with the recent opening of the Everyman Cinema the Picturehouse was no longer viable. The applicant pointed out that the owner of the building had effectively been subsidising its operation by charging a rent below current local market values. This was to ensure that the town had its own cinema. As the Everyman Cinema now served that function the owner was proposing to demolish the building and replace it with a four storey hotel.
Demolition has begun for the hotel to be built. 😩