Council backs buyout of Blitz cinema

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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The end of a battle to save a derelict Hull cinema that was bombed during the Blitz could be in sight after councillors backed the idea of buying it.

A raid on Hull’s docks in March 1941 resulted in a direct hit on the National Picture Theatre. Although well over 100 people were in the cinema at the time, nobody was killed in the incident.

The National Civilian World War Two Memorial Trust has been campaigning to restore the Grade II-listed building in memory of civilians killed in German bombing raids during World War Two.

And now Hull City Council has supported the idea of buying the Beverley Road site under a compulsory purchase order.

Councillors have agreed in principle to the buyout but say they want assurances about how the project will be financed.

Alan Canvess, the Trust’s chairman, says the restoration project will involve three phases, the first of which would see a £125,000 restoration of the building’s facade.

English Heritage adviser Craig McHugh says the Council’s stance represents a big step forward for the campaign to save the former cinema, which has been derelict for over 70 years.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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  • Ken Argent

    I say pull it down & build something usefull & put a memorial plack there instead of spending that readiculas amount of money ,it’s rotten and nealy falling down anyhow WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HARD UP ???? ARE WE OR ARN’T WE

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