December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 23, 2013
A £750,000 project helping to preserve the heritage of cinema in Norfolk could be brought to life within the next two years at a grade I listed building in Norwich’s city centre.
A planning application has been made for improvements to Cinema City, on St Andrew’s Street, to create a new Screen Heritage Centre.
If the plans are given the go ahead then the historic Suckling Hall and Stuart Hall parts of the building would be opened up to offer more educational activities.
Cinema Plus provides formal and informal learning and is managed by the charity, Norfolk and Norwich Film Theatre Ltd (NNFT).
The new Screen Heritage Centre will mean that Cinema Plus can significantly increase the number and variety of educational activities and events within the building, with an emphasis on young, elderly and disabled audiences.
Education manager at Cinema Plus, Guy Martin, said: “This is an exciting time as the improved facilities will enable us to meet this demand far more effectively, significantly increasing what we can offer, especially for those with any kind of access issues.”
The planning application is part of Norfolk at the Pictures - a Cinema Plus production to preserve and make accessible the heritage of cinema-going in Norfolk.
The proposed alterations, designed by Norwich-based architect Charles Emberson, will see the installation of a lift and the creation of lecture and conference rooms.
A grant for £80,100 was received from the Heritage Lottery Fund in October 2012 to develop the proposal and once plans have been approved the £750,000 project will go ahead. Building operations would commence during the summer of 2014 and the Screen Heritage Centre would open in early 2015.
It is hoped that the new alterations would also contain a permanent exhibition on Norfolk’s cinema heritage and create attic space to archive material from the project.
Other supporting partners include Picturehouse Cinemas, English Heritage, the University of East Anglia, East Anglian Film Archive, Norfolk Record Office, Age UK, Norfolk Museums and Archaeology services, the History of Advertising Trust and Equal Lives.