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Listed status for bombed cinema
National Picture Theatre, Hull
The building was destroyed during a raid on Hull docks in March 1941
A cinema which was reduced to a pile of ruins during the Blitz has been given listed heritage status.

The National Picture Theatre in Hull took a direct hit during a raid on the nearby docks in March 1941.

It is believed to be the last surviving example of a civilian building damaged in the Blitz.

The site has been awarded listed status by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport after a campaign by the National Civilian WWII Memorial Trust.

Tom Robinson, chairman of the Hull-based trust, said: "The cinema is a tangible reminder of a tumultuous time, both for the city and nation.

"We'd like to see the ruins consolidated to stop them crumbling away and a garden created where the auditorium stood.

"That would be a fitting memorial to the spirit and fortitude of ordinary people across the nation who also served during those dark days."

Most-bombed city

Everything was destroyed during the raid except the theatre's facade, which has remained boarded up.

There was no money to pull the ruins down and surrounding streets were designated a conservation area.

Maddy Jago, planning and development regional director for English Heritage, said: "We are delighted that the importance of this site has been officially recognised.

"Together with London, Hull was the most heavily bombed city in the UK, with 95% of its houses damaged.

"It endured the first daylight raid of the war and the last piloted air raid.

"The fact that the newly-listed building is a cinema gives it added resonance, in view of the part played by picture houses in the war effort and in popular culture of the time."




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