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Southport all set for new
Cinema for 2017
A brand new art's cinema will be opening at the back
of our Office, on Post Office Ave, in mid 2017.
We have held back on some of the information so far at
request of the Cinema, but we are now allowed to give you some more information.
The venue, if you do not know the history, has seen it used
as restaurant in resent years, also a Taxi Licensing Office, Nightclub, Masonic
Lodge and a host of other things. The group are not only trying to build a
cinema, but also preserve a unique Southport property.
It is a hidden building, which is located at the back of our
building and the side of Sainsbury's. At 1 stage it faced demolition when
Sainsbury's wanted to expand, but this strange building dodged the bulldozers.
Inside it hides many interesting and strange features, making
it 1 of the most quirky buildings in the Town.
We can now tell all our readers that it was this long history
and unusual background, plus the layout, that lead to the Southport Bijou Cinema
fell in love with it.
Sadly as with all old buildings, this building not only hides
good things, it also hides many issues that will have to be sorted before it is
ready for its newest role within the Town Centre.
The group hope to put in a lift in this building, to allow
disabled access to the top floor. They are now looking at ways to do this
that are not only cost effective, but fit in with planning laws and without
destroying the look of the building.
The venue will host a café and bar, plus intimate air
conditioned areas… This again is going to take quite a bit of work for
them to sort out.
Once open they will be hosting showings of old classic films
and new independent films. The venue will also put on film talks and other
related events. We are already planning some for them, so watch this space!
This conversion and also project is no easy task, especially
for a not for profit group, run by volunteers.
For more information on how you can get involved, by
volunteering to sell tickets, run the bar and café, operate projection equipment
or help to organise film showing times, amongst other things, please email them
SouthportCinema@GMail.com or call:-0752 888 9 549.
Both films and cinema can and does bring people together,
strengthening communities along the way, so we look forward to seeing this
fantastic project develop!
To hear our exclusive interview with a member of the CIC
Directors and spokesperson for the group, simply click on the player below to
listen to it…
Wanted drug supplier Stephen Bennett caught by 'Titan'
A Merseyside man wanted by the courts having been
convicted of conspiring to supply heroin and cocaine, has now been caught and
arrested by 'Titan', the North West regional organised crime unit
with the assistance of Merseyside Police.
Stephen Bennett, aged 34, from Crompton Street, Vauxhall was arrested, on 2
January 2017, in the Vauxhall area by Titan detectives following an operation to
Bennett was convicted by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court in 2015 for his role in
a multi million pound drugs conspiracy involving criminals from Merseyside and
Cumbria. Bennett was found guilty of being involved in the supply of heroin and
cocaine into the Workington area.
11 other members of the wider organised crime group investigated by Titan were
jailed for a total of 90 years, on 21 December 2015, but Bennett failed to
appear and a judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
Bennett was also wanted by Merseyside Police for breaching the conditions of his
release from prison on licence following his conviction for an attempted murder
in 2004 for which he received a 14 year sentence.
Following this arrest Bennett was kept in Police custody and will appear before
Liverpool Crown Court, to be sentenced, on a date yet to be determined.
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