THE Regal Cinema is set to re-open after a long community fight to save the arthouse movie theatre.
Newcastle City Council will on Friday hand the keys of the Birmingham Gardens property to a trust involving community members and screen industry representatives.
The cinema closed in 2006 after the building was declared unsafe.
After a public campaign to save the property, which was earmarked for sale, a working party of community members and council and film representatives reached a compromise.
After Friday’s handover, renovations will begin.
The cinema is expected to open early next year.