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133-year-old hall in Kingsholm is set to become a cinema

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

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MORE than 10,000 people every year could visit a new cinema in Kingsholm.

Plans have been submitted to Gloucester City Council to transform the 133 year-old Christadelphian Hall, in Sherborne Street, into a mecca for film buffs.

The man behind the scheme, Mark Cunningham, believes it will attract up to 15,000 people every year.

He said: "I will concentrate on showing good quality family and period drama films, usually five to eight weeks after national release date.

"This policy should generate annual admissions in the region of 10,000 to 15,000."

This wouldn't be Mr Cunningham's first venture into the field, as 15 years ago he restored and re-opened the Palace Cinema in Cinderford.

It will also bring back into use a building which has been shut for more than a year.

"The 133-year-old hall is perfect for the proposed use, thus enabling the re-use of a redundant building and the preservation of an interesting historic building with all its original features intact," said Mr Cunningham.

"It must be stressed that this proposal is strictly limited to cinema use and alcohol will not be sold or permitted in the building as it would be contrary to the family-friendly atmosphere which I hope to encourage. It is anticipated that the cinema will most strongly appeal to middle-aged and older people as well as parents with young children."

Andrew Harley, who lives near the site, said: "I very much welcome this, the surrounding grounds have become a bit of an eyesore. It will mean the older people in the area will not have to walk into town to go to the cinema."

There is no date set for when the cinema would open.

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  • wiggle_2002  |  February 05 2013, 5:22PM

    While I regret undermining this article by mentioning another of our county's cinemas, I feel as if I must. As a supporter of Gloucester Guildhall's cinema, it seems that the council consistently overlooks how exceptional a resource it is. You've got the monthly Mystery Movie, the Classic Movie Season, the new Gloucestershire Carers initiative where carers can go along to FREE screenings, director Q&As, not to mention the exceptional film programme, which, frankly, knocks spots off any given cinema programme in the whole county. Sorry to labour the point, but Gloucester Guildhall has also been name as the Independent Cinema Office's Cinema of the Month. None of this could have been achieved any sense, they would see that another cinema will only put our cinema at even more risk of closure than it is at the moment. Gloucester Guildhall cinema is a real jewel, and it should be regarded as such. It would be deeply, deeply regrettable and upsetting if the above decision heralds the start of Gloucester Guildhall cinema's gradual decline.

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  • Garry38  |  February 02 2013, 6:09PM

    If the council support this are they going to wash their hands of the Guildhall? It's Gloucester's main venue for touring bands and films. Films you wouldn't see because Cineworld isn't about the art of film and the style of films the above cinema would show would be no different. So why would the council support something that would be in competition with what it already supports from our council tax? Its a recognised award winning community venue. Lose a really good existing cinema you lose half the Guildhall, gigs will be next, no more Guildhall. Support what we have.

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  • shiftyguyd  |  February 02 2013, 6:49AM

    I'm agree with "Glos_Lad34", also think in these tough times it's throwing good money after bad. The kids won't want to see something 2 months after, especially when their friends are talking about it at school the next day. Unless the price is substantially cheaper, there will be limited attraction. I think 2 years top and we will be reading about how the project is being shut having wasted thousands of pounds, oh and how they dramatically over estimated the number of visitors

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  February 01 2013, 1:46PM

    Good Luck with it but young people i expect would wanna go to cinemas like Cineworld.

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  • SandraPee  |  February 01 2013, 11:47AM

    Excellent venture . I think this will be very popular with older folk in the area in particular , and those who can't or don't want to get to the large cinema complexes .

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