Ripon cinema group consults public

Work in progress earlier this year. (1301294AM1)

Work in progress earlier this year. (1301294AM1)

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The Curzon Ripon cinema has launched new social media channels and is encouraging everyone from the community to join the conversation as the cinema prepares to open to the public.

Over the coming weeks on its social media channels, announcements will be made regarding the progress of the cinema and Curzon Cinemas will be using the new social media channels to talk to the local community about exactly what they want to see happening at the venue on North Street.

The independent cinema company is working with the previously titled North Square Cinebar, and will take on full operational and programming duties for the venue – with the project’s long-standing manager, Penny Hartley, to manage the cinema.

The new cinema will include a bar, restaurant and coffee shop and aims to become a key attraction for the local community and visitors.

The cinema’s opening date is yet to be announced, as work continues on converting the building – but Curzon Cinemas expect to make further announcements over the coming weeks.

A company pokesman said: “The new cinema will create employment in the Ripon area and aims to be a cultural 
hub beyond simply showing films.

“The venue will host live events, music and performances, private hire opportunities and will also use its cinema screens to programme special live satellite broadcast events such as the Met Opera and the National Theatre Live.

Sterne Properties, the developer responsible for the cinema/bar/restaurant complex, announced Curzon Cinemas would be running the venue in April.

The project had faced delays last year when the original contractors appointed by Sterne Properties to work on the construction of the venue went bankrupt in November.

Ripon has not had a cinema since The Palladium on Kirkgate closed in 1982.