Support for Wirral charity leads to a
mountain of gift donations
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 cafe 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 cafe 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?