A New Future - The Royalty Harborne

Go to content

Main menu:

A New Future

A New Future

The objectives of the Harborne Royalty Trust (HRT) are to preserve this classic Art Deco building and ensure it plays an important future part in the local and wider community.

Its use just as just a single cinema or bingo hall is no longer viable and other additional uses are key to it becoming a sustainable building for the future and an integral part of Harborne.

We and our architects have extensive experience of taking a listed building, putting together a complex business plan and imaginatively generating optimum revenue in a sympathetic manner to support its continued use.

Retention of art deco features and restoration will be the number one priority.

To do this and building on our past experience we shall approach funders who we understand will be supportive of this type of project and we shall seek funding to deliver the following benefits. We are already in discussion with HLF about our proposals and the level of funding we anticipate as being necessary.

  • Heritage
  • Community Use
  • The Arts
  • Education
  • Supporting local business

The Royalty, if owned by the Harborne Royalty Trust, will become a distinctive venue for the whole community. The vibrant range of activities offered will be extensive and there will be something to engage and entertain every week all year long.

This will all be delivered in what remains of a magnificent art deco Grade II listed building, a former cinema, which we want to preserve for the benefit of the whole community.

“Historic buildings are like a barometer of the health of a place. There’s a lot of pride when they are brought back into use.”  Jess Steele, Innovation Director, Locality

We will deliver a lively programme of  local arts and educational projects, which will make a visit to the Royalty something to remember.

The Royalty with its large main auditorium and soaring roof space makes an ideal venue for film.   We think a venue like the Royalty can attract both exhibitors and visitors from all around the UK to Harborne.

The Royalty will be opened for visitors on specific dates and whenever possible between or during activities.

We will endeavour to develop outreach activities with local groups to our mutual benefit.

The HRT anticipates becoming involved in the Harborne Carnival, Arts Mile and annual celebrations such as Christmas, Eid, and Chinese New Year.

The Government recognises that community centres or hubs that provide space and facilities for community services and activities can make an enormous difference to the well-being of their communities. These facilities are an extremely important resource with a crucial role to play, not only in the economic and social regeneration of their local communities, but also in their contribution toward the Government's Civil Renewal agenda.

The HRT will evaluate offering something for everyone whether its pre school or pensioners lunch clubs. The Charity Commission states that charities that thrive are those in which trustees are pro-active in understanding their responsibilities and in ensuring that their charity provides activities that meet local needs.

HRT will need to develop an effective means of communicating and consulting with the local community to ensure that its needs and interests are understood and that the community knows about the Trusts activities and plans.

HRT will need to ensure there is a funding regime in place that is sustainable and diverse enough to allow trustees sufficient flexibility to direct their activities in accordance with local needs and interests.

HRT must take account of the diversity of interests in the community and embrace change and seek imaginative ways of responding to it and securing the necessary funding to respond to those needs.

All these activities we hope will support the local Harborne economy as a whole.

If you want to see what could be done with the Royalty go to our Other Projects page and be inspired by what other groups have achieved in similar circumstances!
The Castle Cinema Hackney. Visit to see another successful restoration.

Back to content | Back to main menu