Monthly Archives: January 2011

Anne Wade remembers the old Kensington cinema

I used to go to the old Kensington cinema in the 50s and early 60s. Dad worked shifts down the pit, so mum and I used to go to see the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedies, and all the … Continue reading

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Thorne in danger

I found this article about Thorne on the BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/sheffield/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8805000/8805035.stm I know our picture house isn’t that old, but it would certainly improve a bit of the town wouldn’t it? If anyone knows of any funding / grants we could … Continue reading

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Loose plans

Very, very loose plans! We want to restore the frontage of the cinema, drop the back auditorium, and make it into a lovely family home with a big back garden. That’s it. Simple… (!?!?)

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History of the building

All of this is gathered from the internet, so could be completely wrong! If anyone knows anything of the history, or has pictures, please could you comment here, or send them to me, or I’d love to meet anyone who … Continue reading

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Bidding pt2

Just before I left the auction house, I just thought I may as well register my interest with them. I told them what I would be willing to bid, and surprisingly they were talking to me. Why, when what I … Continue reading

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Auction

I’ve never been to any auction, never mind one to buy a house, never mind one to buy a disused cinema. The different is, when the hammer falls, that forms a contract to complete. If we bid, we couldn’t then … Continue reading

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Bidding pt1

We asked our friend and builder, Rich, to give us an idea of how much it would cost to bring down the back of the cinema. Without him going into the building, he reckoned £20k off the top of his … Continue reading

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The planning dept pt1

Kate phoned the planning dept up to see what being in a conservation area actually meant. They told her that there would be no way that they would let us knock it down. I couldn’t understand this because it’s not … Continue reading

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A plan comes together

At some point late last year, we noticed that the seemingly abandoned, boarded up night club was for sale. It’s a dump, a massive building falling apart, paint peeling, even trees growing out of the walls! An eye sore if … Continue reading

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What have we done?

On Thursday 6th Jan at about 4pm, we exchanged contracts and now own the old picture house in Thorne. What have we done?

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