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Artist's impression of new cinema

PUBLISHED: 14:27 20 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 22 October 2010

Donna Scott's watercolour impression of the new-look Cinema City.

Donna Scott's watercolour impression of the new-look Cinema City.

Cinema City have released an artist's impression of how it will look when it reopens in Norwich next year. Currently the cinema is showing films at Norwich Playhouse.

Cinema City have released an artist's impression of how it will look when it reopens in Norwich next year. Currently the cinema is showing films at Norwich Playhouse.

The watercolour by Norfolk artist Donna Scott shows the exterior of the new three-screen Cinema City retaining all the features of the historic buildings that house the much loved art-house cinema.

At the centre is Suckling Hall, parts of which date back to the 14th century. Internally it is being preserved and restored to a higher standard than was previously possible with a first-floor medieval panelled room to be opened up to the public for the first time.

To the left is Stuart Hall, built in 1925 and designed by Norwich architect Edward Boardman. At street level a brick store added at a later date has been removed to allow appreciation of the lines of the original exterior, as well as ensuring ease of access via wide steps or a gentle ramp.

Rising above the original roof is a glass rain screen which houses the upper part of the new Screen 1. The new Cinema City logo, created by The Design Company, can be seen on the building.

On the other side of Suckling Hall is Suckling House with its distinguished exterior red brick façade which was added in the 18th century.

Cinema City director David Litchfield said: "It gives me great pleasure to be able to show this lovely painting to the public, especially to our loyal audiences. I hope it will confirm our commitment to preserving these wonderful buildings and show how our dream of marrying the medieval with the modern is about to be realised."


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