Film fans hope old Tower cinema can be restored to its former glory
FILM enthusiasts are calling for a buyer to come forward to transform an old cinema building to its former glory.
The Emporium nightclub, formerly the Tower cinema in Anlaby Road, west Hull, is up for sale.
The Grade II Listed building is expected to sell for about £200,000.
Built in 1914, the building was one of the city’s earliest and most luxurious cinemas.
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The Cinema Theatre Association (CTA), which exists to promote interest in all aspects of cinema buildings, believes it has the potential to be returned to its former state.
David Alexander, of Bowes Walk, west Hull who is a member of the CTA, said he is hoping a buyer will come forward who will want to join their campaign.
He said: “There is a strong case for returning the building to cinema use.
“It needs putting back to the way it was.
“We need someone with a bit of money to buy it, then once it has been purchased the new owner can apply for lottery funding to help transform it back into a cinema.
“It would be very easy to turn it back into a cinema.
“All the internal plaster work is still there, as are the floors because the carpets were laid on top of the original floors.”
The CTA are also calling for the listing of the building to be upgraded so it can be protected further.
The association also believes the cinema could become home to Hull Screen.
John Holmes, 81, of St Nicholas Drive, Hornsea, worked at the cinema in the 1940s as a projectionist.
He said: “I remember working there well, it was a fantastic cinema.
“It would be lovely to have it back as a cinema.
“Many of the cinemas were lost in the war and others have been altered too much.
“If there is a possibility of returning it to its former state I would support it.”
The building is up for sale with Garness Jones.
It comes after its owner, Northern European Leisure, was taken to court by Hull City Council after the company removed the twin domes on the roof of the former Tower cinema.
The company was forced to reinstate the famous domes earlier this year.