Public Consultation - The Royalty Harborne

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Public Consultation

Part of the process of restoring the Royalty is to ensure there is support to do it and that we take in account the views of the public. This will include arranging public meetings and taking the opportunity wherever possible and by whatever means to keep everyone updated with what's happening. We have this website and a social media presence. The first of our newsletters has just been issued with more to follow. These have been made available to Harborne Library. We have also spoken about our plans at the Harborne Ward meetings and had a meeting with the Harborne Society. If you would like us to come and speak to you about our plans or just about the Royalty please get in touch.

One of first outdoor public sessions was having a stall at Harborne Farmers Market.
Tyneside Cinema

Visit the Tyneside Cinema website to see what else a cinema can do.

The cinema had occupied its Pilgrim Street site since 1937, and had by 1999 declined to a critical state, with many believing it would eventually be forced to close. The cinema required a number of improvements, and despite its history and prime location, the cinema had a serious financial deficit. A significant investment in the structure was required, and following a survey of the building, the cinema's board of trustees realised that a capital investment of about £7m would be necessary. The project secured the support of organisations including One North East and the Northern Rock Foundation. Seats removed from the Classic screen were sold in 2006, raising more than £5000 for the restoration project. The stated aim of the project was to celebrate the cinema's heritage as a newsreel theatre and also look to its future in the digital age.
The £7m restoration and renovation project was undertaken between November 2006 and May 2008. Original features inside the building had to be protected during the project, and the work uncovered a pair of original stained glass windows and mosaic floor tiling which had been hidden for years.
The Tyneside reopened in May 2008, following the major restoration of its original auditorium, alongside a modern extension and redevelopment of the upper floors designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and consulting engineers Cundall. The work added a new level to the building with two new screens, the Roxy and the Electra, housed on top of each other. A single projection block behind serves all of the cinema's screens. The increase in screens enabled more flexibility to respond to demand, and created space to move films around. A new bar, and a film learning centre called the Tyneside Studio, partly designed by filmmaker Mike Figgis, were also installed.
The project was completed with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Tyne And Wear Partnership, the European Regional Development Fund and many other trusts and foundations. The Tyneside project was also supported by members of the public, with over 700 individual donors giving to the redevelopment.
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