Regal Cinema set to re-open early next year

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.

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