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