Letchworth’s £3.8m transformation of Broadway Cinema to launch on 80th anniversary

Broadway Cinema in Letchworth GC credit: BJP Photography Ltd

Broadway Cinema in Letchworth GC credit: BJP Photography Ltd - Credit: Archant

A £3.8 million project to transform Letchworth’s Broadway Cinema into a multi-use venue is kicking into gear with a launch event earmarked for next year.

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation chief executive John Lewis announced at last night’s garden city meeting that the first theatre show will take place on October 1 next year, to coincide with the cinema’s 80th birthday.

The Eastcheap cinema was granted planning permission for an extension – which will enable it to put on live theatre to complement its four screens – in January of last year.

The project will see new dressing rooms and a stage added to screen one to transform it into a multi-use venue capable of hosting theatre, children’s shows, live comedy and acoustic music, as well as blockbuster films.

Foundation chief executive John Lewis said: “Live events at Broadway Cinema have been hugely popular. It has put Letchworth on the map as a national venue – we are number one for live feeds in the country.

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“We are punching above our weight in terms of the support the cinema receives.

“It is an ambitious project, but it has now been signed off by the governors and we hope to have our first theatre show on October 16.”

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The move is part of the Foundation’s work to create a cultural and leisure hub around the cinema.

Up and coming Letchworth actress Jade Johnson said: “The new theatre space will keep Letchworth going as a hub for the arts.”

Screen one is expected to be shut for part of the building work but the cinema’s other three screens will remain open. As well as a new theatre space, the work will include improvements to the bar area on the first floor.

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