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OVO theatre company to run Maltings Arts Theatre for next three years

16th March 2012

St Albans District Council has agreed to extend an existing agreement with the OVO group to develop programming at St Albans’ Maltings Arts Theatre. The move follows a successful six-month pilot scheme in which the company increased audiences by at least 25%.

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£400k Paisley arts centre overhaul starts

15th March 2012

Renfrewshire Council has announced the start of extensive renovation work at an arts venue in Paisley, which will cost £400,000 and is expected to take nine months to complete. Paisley Arts Centre, which is housed in a former church building in the town centre, is run by the local authority’s arts and museums service and will benefit from a series of repairs.

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Church stages rescue bid for historic Nia Centre (former Playhouse) in Hulme

15th March 2012

The former Nia Centre, former Playhouse, has been taken over by a church group who say they are determined to bring it back to use. Last year, work started on restoring the former Hulme Hippodrome next door and the projects will now run together.

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Southsea's Kings Irving Room is restored to full glory

15th March 2012

It was an iconic room that had seen better days. But now the Irving Room at the Kings Theatre in Southsea has been given a new lease of life thanks to the hard-working members of the venue’s trust.

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Blog: Deconstructing the Odeon in Colchester

15th March 2012

With the recent news that the old Colchester Odeon along Crouch Street is up for sale for a cool £1.5m The Chronic thought it was worth taking a look at how the lovely old 1931 art deco building was constructed. Cos y’know – if a buyer does come along to blag the old girl, they might, deconstruct it all over again blogs The Chester Chronicle.


Derelict Colchester Odeon goes up for sale for £1.5m

15th March 2012

The derelict cinema, in Crouch Street, has been closed for ten years and has become an eyesore. Now owner Steve Peri has admitted defeat in his hopes to redevelop the site as a nightclub. The announcement has been welcomed by local traders, who have complained the building brings down the area.

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Southsea’s Kings Theatre’s Irving Room is restored to full glory

15th March 2012

It was an iconic room that had seen better days. But now the Irving Room at the Kings Theatre in Southsea has been given a new lease of life thanks to the hard-working members of the venue’s trust. Located in the theatre tower, the room was once home to a small restaurant but was more recently used as a storage area. Water damage and deterioration had rendered the room unusable. But it now boasts Edwardian-style shelving, a bar area, delicately-crafted stained-glass windows and opulent wallpaper – giving it a true early 1900s feel.

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Charcoalblue scoops hattrick of Civic Trust Awards

14th March 2012

The talented team at multi award-winning theatre design consultancy Charcoalblue is celebrating because three of the company’s projects won prestigious gongs at this years Civic Trust Awards ceremony; the radically transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the dramatic Corby Cube, and the tranquil Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.

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Lyric Theatre Belfast Receives the 2012 Civic Trust Award

14th March 2012

The announcement that the Lyric Theatre Belfast has won a 2012 Civic Trust Award is a feather in the cap for London-based theatre consultants Theatreplan.

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Talks continue as Galeri looks at taking over Neuadd Dwyfor in Pwllheli

13th March 2012

Talks are continuing about the long term future management of a Gwynedd arts venue. Neuadd Dwyfor in Pwllheli, used as a theatre, cinema, exhibition space and cultural centre, celebrated its centenary last year. Galeri Caernarfon has presented a business plan outlining how it would manage it from April 2013. Building-owners Gwynedd council needs to find “a creative new way” of managing it as part of £40m savings.

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