‘Significant project’ aims to ‘restore civic pride’ and increase activities in town

‘Significant project’ aims to ‘restore civic pride’ and increase activities in town

PUBLISHED: 08:00 31 May 2018

Burnham High Street.

Burnham High Street.


A ‘significant investment project’ in Burnham-on-Sea plans to make it ‘a better place to live, work and visit’.

Burnham beach.Burnham beach.

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Litter Free Somerset have joined forces to create the Burnham Evolution project which will focus on regeneration of key areas including the Esplanade, Princess Theatre, sea front and town centre.

It comes after complaints from tourists and people living in Burnham about the lack of options available in the town.

The project is in the consultation stage and it is not yet known how much money will be available, but the town council has employed a consultant to prepare a business plan in order to apply for grants from the coastal community fund and EDF Energy’s community impact fund.

Other funding sources, including from businesses in the town, are also being considered.

In the past, various ideas such as a mini-golf course on part of the South Esplanade have been suggested, but this was resisted by people living in Burnham so did not go ahead.

A spokesman for the town council said: “Burnham residents will benefit from an increase in the number of people who spend time and money in the town as there will be more to see and do.

“We also hope these improvements will restore a sense of civic pride in the community.

“This will be a significant investment to enhance the town and make it a better place to live, work and visit.”

A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council added: “We are hoping the project will be well received and successful in attracting finance.”

Representatives from the project were at Eat: Burnham food festival on Saturday to gauge public opinion on the plans.

Members of the public were able to look at draft drawings and plans and fill out surveys about what improvements they would like to see in the town.

Speaking at a project meeting, Cllr Peter Clayton said: “The feedback we have received so far has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We are encouraging people to come forward and give their thoughts on what should be done to improve Burnham.”

To have your say on the plans, email [email protected]


Fire temporarily closes Academy Theater

Fire temporarily closes Academy Theater

A Tuesday evening fire has temporarily closed Southeast Portland’s popular Academy Theater, according to Portland Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters said the fire appeared to start before 6 p.m. on the theater’s roof, burning through a power line for the building. Damage was minimal and there were no injuries, but the theater will be closed until power is restored, Academy Theater wrote on its Facebook page. Southeast Stark Street was closed briefly while firefighters extinguished the fire.

The theater needs to replace a power main to restore power, which requires a building permit, one of the theater’s co-owners Heyward Stewart said. Acquiring a permit could take anywhere from four to seven days, but Stewart said it’s possible it could take less time.

The Academy Theater has a long history in the Montavilla neighborhood. It initially opened in 1948 on Southeast Stark Street, featuring seating for 300. The theater closed in the 1970s, and the shell was stripped of its screens and seats to make way for the offices of Nickel Ads. In 2006, the theater was restored using old photos to guide how its lobby and marquee should look.

A three-screen venue for second-run films, the theater’s restoration sparked an urban renaissance for the neighborhood.

— Abby Lynes

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The Team Behind Texas Theatre Just Bought An Abandoned Movie House on Denton’s Town Square – D Magazine

The Team Behind Texas Theatre Just Bought An Abandoned Movie House on Denton’s Town Square – D Magazine

DENTON, TEXAS — May 30, 2018 — Aviation Cinemas and Talented Friends are pleased to announce a new partnership formed with Axis Realty’s Brad Andrus and Alex Payne for the restoration of the historic Fine Arts Theatre located at 115 N. Elm on the downtown Denton square. The building was originally built as the Graham Opera House in 1877 before being repurposed by famed movie palace architect W. Scott Dunne as “The Texas Theatre” in 1935 by Texas Consolidated Theatres Inc. It was re-named the “Fine Arts Theatre” in 1957, the name under which it operated until its last film screening in 1982 when a fire closed it down.

Talented Friends founder and Aviation Cinemas partner Jason Reimer was approached by Andrus and Payne in the spring of 2018 to create a new partnership specifically tailored for the Denton theater. Immediately joining the effort is Aviation Cinemas CEO Barak Epstein who heads up operations at the Texas Theatre in Dallas where they found similar success in 2010 with the now highly awarded theater. In addition to the Texas Theatre, Epstein and Reimer also co-founded the yearly Oak Cliff Film Festival which has been part of the revitalization of the historic Dallas neighborhood.

“The Fine Arts theatre has been something we’ve wanted to be a part of for many years, even before I moved from Denton to Oak Cliff and became involved with the Texas Theatre,” said Jason Reimer, Aviation Cinemas. “I’m so thrilled that we’ll finally have a chance to give the community back a venue that’s been closed for so long.”

Also joining the Texas Fine Arts Theatre team is Denton artist Martin Iles, who has been part of various large scale projects including the nationally recognized Good/Bad Art Collective, creators of the famous “Rock Lottery”, where he served as director from 1997-2001 in both Denton and New York.

“We really needed to form a group of people that are passionate about downtown Denton to operate this theater. Jason and Barak share a passion for Denton’s culture and feel strongly about preserving and restoring this iconic theater. The fact that they have operated a similar theater in Dallas successfully for several years gives us great confidence that they will make the Fine Arts Theater an asset for the community of Denton.” said Alex Payne, partner at Axis Realty.

The scope of the project includes restoration of the entire venue, adding 35mm & 70mm film projection, Digital Cinema and a live sound & lighting system. The programming, similar to the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, will feature a multitude of live events including music, comedy and other performance as well as the cinema experience fans have become accustomed to.

The team will also collaborate with consultants, community business leaders and local stakeholders to assure the rehabilitation of the theater is handled with careful attention to preserve and restore as much of the building’s history as possible, including taking steps to protect the Fine Arts with historic designation.

While the actual reopening is still many months away, the team have no doubts that it will soon become a cherished part of the current revitalization of the Denton square, while paying tribute to its storied past.

The Team Behind Texas Theatre Just Bought An Abandoned Movie House on Denton’s Town Square

Tower taken down at historic theater in Poplar Bluff

Tower taken down at historic theater in Poplar Bluff


A historic landmark in downtown Poplar Bluff that is being restored is now missing one of its key features.

The tower on top of the Rogers Theatre was taken down Tuesday, but it’s not a sign the building is being torn down.

Wally Duncan, president of Rodgers Theatre Incorporated, says they’re planning to do the opposite which is to restore the tower’s steel frame and replace the lights and corrugated glass panels.

“We plan to put it back in its original condition and hoist it back up on top of the marquee, and it will be a beacon in Poplar Bluff like it was in 1949,” Duncan said. “It’s going to be impressive, and people are going to be very proud of it. I think it will renew interest in the Rodgers Theater.”

It’s part of a long-term revitalization project aiming to fully replace the theater’s marquee and replace its roof which Duncan says fell into disrepair after it was neglected over the years.

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After Rodgers Theatre Inc. entered a long-term lease with Butler County, the organization started a private fundraising campaign to continue their effort to maintain and improve the theater.

Duncan says the community has raised about $100,000 for repair work and volunteers have been helping clean the inside.

“A lot of the money that has been raised over the years by necessity had to go for things like fixing a leak in the plumbing, fixing the heating and cooling system, or patching a hole in the roof to stop a leak,” Duncan said. “The donations we’ve received in the last year will be focused on repairing the marquee because that is what everybody sees.”

Marjorie Rushin grew up in Poplar Bluff and graduated from the local high school in 1954. Rushin remembers going to see movies with friends and sitting on the balcony and says she is excited to see work underway at the theater.

“It’s overwhelming,” Rushin said. “It will bring a lot to downtown because this is the main highway going in and out. It’s a lot of happy memories. It’s heritage. It’s part of Poplar Bluff.”

Rushin says a lot of groups and businesses have contributed to the project including her graduating class of 54’ which collected $2,500.

“People that grew up here should take an interest. Now that it’s on the way for improvement, let’s get going,” she said.

The Rodgers Theatre is currently being used as a performance venue for music concerts, plays, the occasional movie screening and other types of performers.

Duncan says it fills a ‘niche’, giving local artists a 1,000 seat stage to perform on and thinks saving the artistic building is worth the time and money.

“It’s an art deco style structure,” Duncan said. “There is not another place like the Rodgers Theatre in the world. In its day it was probably the finest theatre between St. Louis and Memphis.”

Those interested in contributing to ‘Rescue the Rodgers’ can donate on the theatre’s website.

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Competition: King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Competition: King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

The winning architect-led team will draw up plans for a major regeneration of the James Davidson-designed 1906 landmark on Leven Street which last underwent a major upgrade more than 30 years ago and is now in need of significant restoration and modernisation.

The project, backed by building owner Capital Theatres King’s, aims to radically transform and enhance the city 1,350-capacity centre venue which features a richly-decorated interior designed by Kirkcaldy-based architect JD Swanston.

According to the brief: ‘Capital Theatres King’s Limited seeks to engage the services of an Architect for the delivery of the design and transformational refurbishment of the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.

‘The architect is required to be suitably qualified with extensive experience in the successful delivery of similar projects. The architect must include access management services as part of the core architectural design services. In addition the architect is also required to provide the services of a specialist theatre consultant as part of their core team.’

Located a short distance from The Meadows and Edinburgh University – King’s Theatre was constructed in 1906 as a rival to the city’s iconic Royal Lyceum Theatre.

The venue, originally designed for 2,500 people, was scaled down and reconfigured during the mid-twentieth century and has been used as a venue for both opera during the Edinburgh Festival and annual pantomimes.

The latest project will restore and modernise the historic theatre which has hosted a range of stars including Maria Callas, Sean Connery and Ian McKellen. Bidders will be expected to demonstrate experience of complex refurbishments, work on listed premises, and delivering innovative theatre solutions.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 6 July.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Brian Loudon
Capital Theatres King’s Limited
13-29 Nicolson Street

Tel: +44 1316621112
Email: [email protected]


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