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Million-pound plans to revamp Brighton Astoria cinema revealed

The Argus: Million-pound plans to revamp Brighton Astoria cinema revealed Million-pound plans to revamp Brighton Astoria cinema revealed

Details of an £8 million revamp of a historic cinema site have been revealed.

Plans for the demolition of the Grade II-listed Astoria in Brighton and the construction of a large restaurant, office, flats and community room complex have been submitted.

Work on the proposals could begin as early as next year if planning permission is granted, and the new building could be completed within 18 months.


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The major changes to previous applications to regenerate the former cinema and bingo hall will see six flats built in the top floor of the six-storey building.

The new building would be three storeys high at the rear and six storeys in height at the front, including a basement with a café and restaurant on the ground floor by Gloucester Place.

There would also be community rooms on the ground floor next to Blenheim Place with offices above and to the rear.

The application states that marketing evidence and valuations advice confirm that it is no longer economic to retain, refurbish or convert the existing building.

The plans by Hove businessman Mike Holland and Brighton-based Lewis and Co include 46 new cycle spaces but no car parking.

The Astoria opened as a cinema in December 1933 and showed films for 44 years before being used as a bingo hall.

Since 1997 it has stood vacant and deteriorating, with Mr Holland buying the site for £2.2 million in November 2007.

Permission to bulldoze the building was granted more than two years ago by the council despite objection from conservation groups.

Mr Holland said: “We have added the accommodation in the roof and we have tweaked it to make a more workable floor space, we were advised it was unlettable the way it was.

“I think the council do see it as an important regeneration within the area and providing that link between London Road and the more prosperous Brighton.”

Phil Graves, of property consultants Graves Jenkins, said: “We have made some changes on the top floor from a commercial use to a residential use to reflect what the market is doing.

“It will be positive to see the end of this tired old building standing in the centre of Brighton; we could do with a new building and a bit of regeneration.

“London Road has and will continue to see a transformation in 2014, with good people steering that in the right direction.”

A decision by Brighton and Hove City Council is expected in March.

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6:21am Fri 27 Dec 13

jagiwatch says...

jagiwatch wrote:
No car parking and more empty offices is all Brighton needs!
oops are not is!
[quote][p][bold]jagiwatch[/bold] wrote: No car parking and more empty offices is all Brighton needs![/p][/quote]oops are not is! jagiwatch
  • Score: 8

8:19am Fri 27 Dec 13

Bt'n-breezy says...

It would help the regeneration of London Road if all the shops had a property number on display.
It would help the regeneration of London Road if all the shops had a property number on display. Bt'n-breezy
  • Score: 4

8:50am Fri 27 Dec 13

john newman says...

I remember when we had 3 main shopping areas. London Rd, St James' Street and Western Rd. The sooner we reawaken these areas the better.
I remember when we had 3 main shopping areas. London Rd, St James' Street and Western Rd. The sooner we reawaken these areas the better. john newman
  • Score: 16

9:00am Fri 27 Dec 13

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Without wishing to be TOO much of a picky pedant if they're going to demolish the building then it's hardly a 'revamp' - that's like saying the US Marines 'revamped' Osama Bin Laden.

Still it's a new development so in principle I'm automatically in favour, especially as Mr Holland's behind it. Hopefully it will also upset some of the conservation groups whose dead hands all too often stifle new development in Brighton.
Without wishing to be TOO much of a picky pedant if they're going to demolish the building then it's hardly a 'revamp' - that's like saying the US Marines 'revamped' Osama Bin Laden. Still it's a new development so in principle I'm automatically in favour, especially as Mr Holland's behind it. Hopefully it will also upset some of the conservation groups whose dead hands all too often stifle new development in Brighton. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: 3

9:43am Fri 27 Dec 13

menowhere says...

sit tight and all will go Mr Holland's way.
sit tight and all will go Mr Holland's way. menowhere
  • Score: 3

10:03am Fri 27 Dec 13

deanaprior says...

Businessman lets historic building decay then proposes to build flats.
Businessman lets historic building decay then proposes to build flats. deanaprior
  • Score: 25

11:44am Fri 27 Dec 13

magicmenagerie says...

"Revamp" is very poor writing. Lazy, inaccurate plain wrong. "development" is the word you're looking for. I know it has too many letters.
"Revamp" is very poor writing. Lazy, inaccurate plain wrong. "development" is the word you're looking for. I know it has too many letters. magicmenagerie
  • Score: 14

11:56am Fri 27 Dec 13

J Hill says...

So here we go yet again as another Grade Listed building is under threat due to the money grabbing, corrupt and highly inept Green Council that's currently running Brighton and all its landmarks into the ground. Is there no stopping this green monster. Whatever happened to trying to run Brighton? All they are doing is destroying it.
So here we go yet again as another Grade Listed building is under threat due to the money grabbing, corrupt and highly inept Green Council that's currently running Brighton and all its landmarks into the ground. Is there no stopping this green monster. Whatever happened to trying to run Brighton? All they are doing is destroying it. J Hill
  • Score: 118

12:16pm Fri 27 Dec 13

her professional says...

john newman wrote:
I remember when we had 3 main shopping areas. London Rd, St James' Street and Western Rd. The sooner we reawaken these areas the better.
What, at a time when High Streets nationally are registering lower footfall as people switch to shopping online - regardless of parking charges before you all start.
[quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: I remember when we had 3 main shopping areas. London Rd, St James' Street and Western Rd. The sooner we reawaken these areas the better.[/p][/quote]What, at a time when High Streets nationally are registering lower footfall as people switch to shopping online - regardless of parking charges before you all start. her professional
  • Score: 2

2:08pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Lady Smith says...

Mike Holland: the man who vowed to rebuild the West Pier and have the Engineerium open to the public at least five years ago...don't hold your breath, folks.
Mike Holland: the man who vowed to rebuild the West Pier and have the Engineerium open to the public at least five years ago...don't hold your breath, folks. Lady Smith
  • Score: 28

5:12pm Fri 27 Dec 13

melee says...

'Revamp' or 'demolition'. Make up your minds.
'Revamp' or 'demolition'. Make up your minds. melee
  • Score: 8

5:28pm Fri 27 Dec 13

truescouser says...

gloucester place ? hmmm. isn't that where you get most of the filthy alkies and smackheads hanging out ? london road is full of that filth.
gloucester place ? hmmm. isn't that where you get most of the filthy alkies and smackheads hanging out ? london road is full of that filth. truescouser
  • Score: 21

5:43pm Fri 27 Dec 13

jackthekipper says...

why cant it become a cinema/theatre again with bingo in the evenings,or an ice rink or something else for'the people',not orifice blocks and cheap fekin housing,
the only winners will be hollands developers and the council.i hate this town i was born and bred in its become a shiet hole
why cant it become a cinema/theatre again with bingo in the evenings,or an ice rink or something else for'the people',not orifice blocks and cheap fekin housing, the only winners will be hollands developers and the council.i hate this town i was born and bred in its become a shiet hole jackthekipper
  • Score: 5

6:47pm Fri 27 Dec 13

whoee! says...

truescouser wrote:
gloucester place ? hmmm. isn't that where you get most of the filthy alkies and smackheads hanging out ? london road is full of that filth.
Yes very true also loads of gays poking and prodding things lol hahahahahaha
[quote][p][bold]truescouser[/bold] wrote: gloucester place ? hmmm. isn't that where you get most of the filthy alkies and smackheads hanging out ? london road is full of that filth.[/p][/quote]Yes very true also loads of gays poking and prodding things lol hahahahahaha whoee!
  • Score: 398

7:10pm Fri 27 Dec 13

her professional says...

whoee! wrote:
truescouser wrote:
gloucester place ? hmmm. isn't that where you get most of the filthy alkies and smackheads hanging out ? london road is full of that filth.
Yes very true also loads of gays poking and prodding things lol hahahahahaha
Best you nip down there and get poked and prodded whoee, might calm you down a bit dear.
[quote][p][bold]whoee![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]truescouser[/bold] wrote: gloucester place ? hmmm. isn't that where you get most of the filthy alkies and smackheads hanging out ? london road is full of that filth.[/p][/quote]Yes very true also loads of gays poking and prodding things lol hahahahahaha[/p][/quote]Best you nip down there and get poked and prodded whoee, might calm you down a bit dear. her professional
  • Score: -206

3:14am Sat 28 Dec 13

Gribbet says...

Urban regeneration in the city centre = good for everyone.
Proper bike parking spaces in the city centre = good for everyone.
Urban regeneration in the city centre = good for everyone. Proper bike parking spaces in the city centre = good for everyone. Gribbet
  • Score: -605

11:00am Sat 28 Dec 13

Seventh Circle says...

Mike Holland.
Mike Hunt more like
Mike Holland. Mike Hunt more like Seventh Circle
  • Score: 6

1:36pm Sat 28 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

I know this building very well, as a small child I used to attend the Saturday morning showings, as I recall I think we kids were known as the, ABC Minors back then.
The UK, unlike most of America where I now live, has a rich history of preserving her historic buildings, international tourism has been built on the backs of these properties, but this particular property offers nothing worth the keeping. If you don't want to stand in front and have your photo taken because of the building's beauty, then I would suggest that there is nothing to be saved. Develop this site and leave us, those who are old enough to remember it's hay day, to have fond memories of the Saturday morning pictures, one and a half hours of fun, and all for just a shilling.
I know this building very well, as a small child I used to attend the Saturday morning showings, as I recall I think we kids were known as the, ABC Minors back then. The UK, unlike most of America where I now live, has a rich history of preserving her historic buildings, international tourism has been built on the backs of these properties, but this particular property offers nothing worth the keeping. If you don't want to stand in front and have your photo taken because of the building's beauty, then I would suggest that there is nothing to be saved. Develop this site and leave us, those who are old enough to remember it's hay day, to have fond memories of the Saturday morning pictures, one and a half hours of fun, and all for just a shilling. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -98

4:57pm Sat 28 Dec 13

billy goat-gruff says...

Too many art deco buildings have been destroyed, here and elsewhere in the UK. Victorian architecture was once unpopular and St Pancras was nearly demolished. Even whole squares of Regency buildings were to be demolished in the 1960s here in Brighton! Future generations will hate us for destroying buildings of interest. Convert the Astoria into a badly needed contemporary art gallery - if London can turn an old power station into Tate Modern, then we should not give up on the Astoria!
Too many art deco buildings have been destroyed, here and elsewhere in the UK. Victorian architecture was once unpopular and St Pancras was nearly demolished. Even whole squares of Regency buildings were to be demolished in the 1960s here in Brighton! Future generations will hate us for destroying buildings of interest. Convert the Astoria into a badly needed contemporary art gallery - if London can turn an old power station into Tate Modern, then we should not give up on the Astoria! billy goat-gruff
  • Score: 91

5:21pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Beethoven says...

The headline was "Revamp the cinema" . The text shows that the cinema is to be "bulldozed"...Shame on the headline writer !

Sad story. I have many fond memories of that place - it was beautiful and a testimony to time when cinemas were nice places to go to, rather than the "flash-bang" multiplexes that exist today
The headline was "Revamp the cinema" . The text shows that the cinema is to be "bulldozed"...Shame on the headline writer ! Sad story. I have many fond memories of that place - it was beautiful and a testimony to time when cinemas were nice places to go to, rather than the "flash-bang" multiplexes that exist today Beethoven
  • Score: 3

8:44pm Sat 28 Dec 13

sussexlad says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I know this building very well, as a small child I used to attend the Saturday morning showings, as I recall I think we kids were known as the, ABC Minors back then.
The UK, unlike most of America where I now live, has a rich history of preserving her historic buildings, international tourism has been built on the backs of these properties, but this particular property offers nothing worth the keeping. If you don't want to stand in front and have your photo taken because of the building's beauty, then I would suggest that there is nothing to be saved. Develop this site and leave us, those who are old enough to remember it's hay day, to have fond memories of the Saturday morning pictures, one and a half hours of fun, and all for just a shilling.
During the war ......
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I know this building very well, as a small child I used to attend the Saturday morning showings, as I recall I think we kids were known as the, ABC Minors back then. The UK, unlike most of America where I now live, has a rich history of preserving her historic buildings, international tourism has been built on the backs of these properties, but this particular property offers nothing worth the keeping. If you don't want to stand in front and have your photo taken because of the building's beauty, then I would suggest that there is nothing to be saved. Develop this site and leave us, those who are old enough to remember it's hay day, to have fond memories of the Saturday morning pictures, one and a half hours of fun, and all for just a shilling.[/p][/quote]During the war ...... sussexlad
  • Score: 35

8:57am Sun 29 Dec 13

Gribbet says...

Gribbet wrote:
Urban regeneration in the city centre = good for everyone.
Proper bike parking spaces in the city centre = good for everyone.
...apart from the 72 people who like having derelict buildings decaying in the town centre and prefer to see bicycles chained to lamp-posts and railings. Different strokes etc.
[quote][p][bold]Gribbet[/bold] wrote: Urban regeneration in the city centre = good for everyone. Proper bike parking spaces in the city centre = good for everyone.[/p][/quote]...apart from the 72 people who like having derelict buildings decaying in the town centre and prefer to see bicycles chained to lamp-posts and railings. Different strokes etc. Gribbet
  • Score: -208

1:05pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Gribbet says...

Gribbet wrote:
Gribbet wrote:
Urban regeneration in the city centre = good for everyone.
Proper bike parking spaces in the city centre = good for everyone.
...apart from the 72 people who like having derelict buildings decaying in the town centre and prefer to see bicycles chained to lamp-posts and railings. Different strokes etc.
...sorry, 159 people in fact.
[quote][p][bold]Gribbet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gribbet[/bold] wrote: Urban regeneration in the city centre = good for everyone. Proper bike parking spaces in the city centre = good for everyone.[/p][/quote]...apart from the 72 people who like having derelict buildings decaying in the town centre and prefer to see bicycles chained to lamp-posts and railings. Different strokes etc.[/p][/quote]...sorry, 159 people in fact. Gribbet
  • Score: -364

4:06pm Sun 29 Dec 13

John Steed says...

what ever happened to the theatre organ that was installed there, I used to enjoy the cinema when it was one of brightons premier locations
what ever happened to the theatre organ that was installed there, I used to enjoy the cinema when it was one of brightons premier locations John Steed
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Sun 29 Dec 13

IShouldoftriedharder says...

jackthekipper wrote:
why cant it become a cinema/theatre again with bingo in the evenings,or an ice rink or something else for'the people',not orifice blocks and cheap fekin housing,
the only winners will be hollands developers and the council.i hate this town i was born and bred in its become a shiet hole
I expect, the proposed flats will be anything but cheap.
[quote][p][bold]jackthekipper[/bold] wrote: why cant it become a cinema/theatre again with bingo in the evenings,or an ice rink or something else for'the people',not orifice blocks and cheap fekin housing, the only winners will be hollands developers and the council.i hate this town i was born and bred in its become a shiet hole[/p][/quote]I expect, the proposed flats will be anything but cheap. IShouldoftriedharder
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Tue 31 Dec 13

MatchboxPaul says...

The organ was removed in 1958, when the theatre was refurbished. It was taken out, either by Comptons, who built it, or by a local organ builder. Either way, it was broken down for parts.
Much of the Art Deco interior remains, so it is nonsense to say the building is beyond redemption. If the planners have any sense, they'll stop the Astoria going the way of The Regent, The West Pier and ...........
The organ was removed in 1958, when the theatre was refurbished. It was taken out, either by Comptons, who built it, or by a local organ builder. Either way, it was broken down for parts. Much of the Art Deco interior remains, so it is nonsense to say the building is beyond redemption. If the planners have any sense, they'll stop the Astoria going the way of The Regent, The West Pier and ........... MatchboxPaul
  • Score: 0

2:10pm Sun 5 Jan 14

her professional says...

jackthekipper wrote:
why cant it become a cinema/theatre again with bingo in the evenings,or an ice rink or something else for'the people',not orifice blocks and cheap fekin housing,
the only winners will be hollands developers and the council.i hate this town i was born and bred in its become a shiet hole
Move
[quote][p][bold]jackthekipper[/bold] wrote: why cant it become a cinema/theatre again with bingo in the evenings,or an ice rink or something else for'the people',not orifice blocks and cheap fekin housing, the only winners will be hollands developers and the council.i hate this town i was born and bred in its become a shiet hole[/p][/quote]Move her professional
  • Score: 0

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