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Community group hopeful of restoring Lincoln's Ritz cinema

10th January 2012

A Lincoln cinema is set to be restored by a group of volunteers after closing its doors to the public more than 15 years ago. Off the Bench, the group behind the project, want to use the the former Ritz cinema venue on the High Street as a youth theatre and commercial cinema.

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Blog: Why a London home for the RSC is a capital idea

10th January 2012

For too long, the company has been seen only fitfully in London. It’s a wasteful state of affairs blogs Michael Billington for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Culture Cuts: Barking's Broadway theatre left reeling as council withdraws £331,000 subsidy

9th January 2012

Negative reviews for decision by London borough of Barking and Dagenham to stop funding the Broadway in Barking writes Mark Brown for The Guardian Culture Cuts.

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ABTT Show announces new East London venue for 2012

9th January 2012

For 2012, the ABTT Theatre Show is moving to the ‘Old Truman Brewery’ a new venue for the event, located in the heart of a thriving and booming creative community in East London. The organisers say: “The move is in keeping with the creative and artistic roots of theatre and the ethos of the annual ABTT Theatre Show.”

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Harrogate Royal Hall plans hit cash hurdle

9th January 2012

A bid by Harrogate Theatre to take over the running of the Royal Hall looks “unlikely”, according to one of the theatre’s directors. Russell Davidson, who is also chairman of the Royal Hall Restoration Trust, said that unless the Harrogate International Centre (HIC) changed tack, the odds were against the theatre taking over the historic venue.

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Lincoln's Ritz Cinema set to reopen

9th January 2012

A cinema in Lincoln is set to reopen after standing derelict for more than a decade. The Ritz cinema on the High Street closed in 1996 but a community group has announced plans to renovate and refurbish the venue. Pete Genders, from Off the Bench, said it would open as both a commercial cinema and youth theatre this year.

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Priceless? A blog on the very idea of measuring cultural value

9th January 2012

This interactive blog seeks to stimulate discussion across the cultural sector on the very idea of measuring cultural value. Dr Claire Donovan is an academic working at DCMS to write a report on this issue, and wants to know what you think. Can the value of culture be measured by government in monetary (or other) terms, or is it ‘priceless’?

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Owner of old Odeon in Colchester says he may pull it down

8th January 2012

Colchester’s former Odeon cinema is likely to be demolished and the site redeveloped. Steve Peri, owner of the rundown Crouch Street building says he has abandoned plans to convert the old building into a giant nightclub. Instead he is considering other options, such as building shops and homes on the site.

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Bid to bring rep to the capital launched

6th January 2012

A fundraising campaign has been launched to create a new traditional full-time repertory company in London, which would employ around 40 actors per yearly season. The London Repertory Company is the brainchild of RADA-trained director Michael Armstrong, who said he wanted to “revive theatre” through a repertory model.

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Ownership suggestion welcomed for Ludlow Assembly Rooms

6th January 2012

Ludlow Assembly Rooms could be handed over to the community as part of plans to secure the venue’s future for years to come, it has been revealed. Discussions are taking place between trustees at the theatre and officials at Shropshire Council over a community asset transfer deal. That would see the venue’s board effectively become the centre’s landlords. It is part of a drive to make the theatre financially viable in the long-term, and officials at Ludlow Assembly Rooms have revealed they are ‘very interested’ in pursuing the idea.

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