Picture House char­ity seeks £3m grant to help re­store the land­mark build­ing

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A CHAR­ITY which runs a cin­ema dat­ing from the 1920s in a York­shire city is seek­ing a £3m lot­tery grant to re­store the build­ing.

CADS – Cre­ative Arts De­vel­op­ment Space – which took over the Abbey­dale Picture House in Sh­effield in Jan­uary on a 25-year lease says it has be­come a pop­u­lar venue again.

High­lights of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s first year at the build­ing have in­cluded the York­shire Silent Film Fes­ti­val in May, a week­end-long beer fes­ti­val and the open­ing of a co-work­ing space called Stu­dio One.

Kiran Ant­cliffe, the stu­dios and space man­ager at CADS, said: “This whole part of the city has be­come more of a cool place to be.

“It’s be­come a des­ti­na­tion for peo­ple to do things at night and in the day. It seems daft that this mas­sive build­ing’s in the mid­dle of that, not be­ing used.”

The am­bi­tion is to pull in more vis­i­tors to boost the Picture House’s vi­a­bil­ity and pro­file ahead of a £3m bid to the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, which would make an ex­ten­sive restora­tion pos­si­ble.

The Grade II-listed picture house, in Abbey­dale Road, opened in 1920 in the era of silent films, and closed in 1975.

A Friends group was formed to re­vive the venue, but the so­ci­ety went into ad­min­is­tra­tion and plans to open a climb­ing cen­tre stalled.

Her­itage Lot­tery rep­re­sen­ta­tives have vis­ited al­ready, and sug­gested CADS ask for £3m.

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