The Electric Palace is currently closed for major restoration work funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The main part of the work is to check the condition of the fibrous plaster ceiling and to carry out such stabilisation work on it as may be found necessary. In addition we will redecorate the auditorium and replace the electrical system. We also hope to be able to refurbish the seats and toilets if funds permit.
After a delayed start due to causes outside our control the work is now well underway. The scaffolding is currently being erected and this is expected to be complete by the middle of December. By Christmas the roof should have been stripped-off ready for the plaster specialist to begin his inspection early in the new year.
The current draft works programme suggests that the cinema should be ready to re-open by the end of June, although this date is subject to variation depending on the condition of the ceiling. Also bad weather may also delay completion of the work. Watch this space for further updates on the progress of the restoration and a timeline for re-opening.
In The Frame 32.
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IN THE FRAME 32