The art deco Regal Cinema in Evesham gets a facelift
Plans to reopen Art Deco cinema
The Regal is a Grade 2 listed building
Forty years of grime are being carefully removed from the art deco Regal Cinema in Evesham, prior to it re-opening later in 2011.
Project Manager, Laurence Wiper, says it is a challenge to clean the original wallpaper, without damaging it:
"We've been using cleaning products... ready for painting later - effectively there are 40 years of nicotine on the walls."
The cleaning is being carried out by volunteers from the town.
When the cinema re-opens customers will be able to sit at tables and watch films while enjoying a drink.
Laurence Wiper says there are still some structural changes to the building to complete:
The Regal opened in 1932 and closed in 2003
"The next major part is to begin the construction of the new fourth floor, where we'll be putting a nice conservatory-esque building on the top, and we have to do a lot of structural work for that."
He told BBC Hereford & Worcester he is confident the cinema will be open on time:
"I think there are some issues on the project timeline that don't allow us to give an official opening date at the moment, but I'm certainly 100% sure that in 2011 the cinema will be complete and open, ready to use again."
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