Hucknall's Byron Cinema needs £190,000 to complete revamp

Byron Cinema Image copyright David Heathcote
Image caption The cinema was named after the English poet Lord Byron who is buried at a church in Hucknall

Volunteers trying to bring a 1930s art deco cinema back into use say they are still short of £190,000.

Residents in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, set about trying to reopen the Byron Cinema in 2013.

Since then they have raised funds through events and donations from the community but say a final push for money would help complete the work.

Project chairwoman Ria Cash said too many people were passionate about the cinema for the project to fail.

The cinema closed in 2006 and has since operated as a bingo hall.

Ms Cash said the rundown building required a lot of renovation work including new carpets. Donations had already bought a new screen and 400 seats, she said.

Image copyright David Heathcote
Image caption Seats inside the original cinema were removed and sold off

"A lot of it is about raising the funds but also about raising the awareness of what we are doing," said Ms Cash.

"I don't know how long it will take us but we will get there.

"The team is passionate about it and the community has really embraced it."

A National Lottery funding application was withdrawn last year after the conditions for applying changed.

Ms Cash said the team were now planning events, film quizzes and exhibitions to gather the final £190,000.

She said: "A lot of people have childhood memories here so this is something the local people need and want."

Image copyright David Heathcote

Cinema history

  • The cinema opened in 1936 with a single screen and showed The Littlest Rebel featuring Shirley Temple.
  • Stalls seats were priced between sixpence or ninepence, while balcony tickets were priced either a shilling or one shilling and threepence.
  • Under new management in 1967, the building was split into two sections. The stalls downstairs were turned into a bingo hall and the balcony upstairs remained as a 400-seater cinema.

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