Plans to restore Great Yarmouth’s Hollywood Cinema inside and out get the go ahead

A photo of the Hollywood Cinema now as it currently looks. Photo: Anthony Carroll

A photo of the Hollywood Cinema now as it currently looks. Photo: Anthony Carroll - Credit: Archant

Exciting plans to revamp a seafront cinema have been given the go ahead.

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The Hollywood Cinema at one end of Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile is set to be transformed both inside and out.

Councillors on Great Yarmouth borough council's planning committee approved the plans at a meeting on Wednesday evening.

Proposals will see a two-storey glass extension to the landmark building, with a new restaurant, and improved cinema facilities.

The owner of the Hollywood Cinema, Trevor Wicks, said it was fantastic news.

The Hollywood Cinema on Great Yarmouth seafront could be set for a makeover. Photo: The Hippodrome

The Hollywood Cinema on Great Yarmouth seafront could be set for a makeover. Photo: The Hippodrome - Credit: Archant


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MORE: Plans submitted to transform Hollywood Cinema on Great Yarmouth seafrontHe added: 'It will be a big asset and is something that Great Yarmouth needs.

'A year after the fire in Regent Road, this is a big boost to the resort.

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'There will be a fantastic view from the restaurant, not just of the Golden Mile, but the beach and the pier too.'

Mr Wicks said it would be a boost to the wider economy of the town, with cinema-goers visiting other businesses in the town before heading to the flicks.

He said he now looks forward to progressing the finer details of the plans over the coming months.

The building's owner, Peter Jay said he is looking for 'national and international' partners for the restaurant and bar areas.

Previously Mr Jay, who also owns the Hippodrome, said the scheme will put the building back in its rightful place as one of the 'jewels in the crown of the East Coast, if not the whole country.'

MORE: Plans go on show for new hotel, casino and leisure development in Great YarmouthThe scheme will add a new entrance on the eastern side with a restaurant, first floor bar area and outside terrace looking down the Golden Mile.

In the report presented to councillors, planning officers said there were no objections to the plans from the public.

There will be no loss of seats or screens and the application allows for 18 parking spaces.

The cinema opened as the Royal Aquarium in 1914. It later became a theatre and ended up as a cinema in 1931-4.

The news comes as the borough council is exploring options for a new cinema as part of its Town Centre Masterplan which was approved last week.

The owner of the Pleasure Beach Albert Jones is also hoping to open a cinema as part his The Edge development, first mooted a decade ago and relaunched in January after Premier Inn announced they plan to build a new hotel in the South Denes area.

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