Bye bye Beales – hello arthouse cinema
In the next fortnight demolition will begin on the former Beales building in central Harrogate, making space for a multimillion pound arthouse cinema.
The building’s last incarnation was as Beales department store, a well-known retail establishment on Albert Street. Before that it was the property of the Co-opertive Society, and was built in the 1950s.
Current owners 4Urban have confirmed that workers are now on-site preparing the building for demolition. Managing director Paul Lancaster said:
“We are on schedule to start demolition works on January 19 and hoardings are currently being put in place around the site.
“Our contractor will be using the latest demolition techniques to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.”
Planning permission was granted in September for the development of the site and the construction of an arthouse cinema with four screens, as well as nine units for restaurants or bars.
According to the Harrogate Advertiser 4Urban has signed a contract with the cinema operator but will not reveal a name yet, despite rumours that it may be Everyman, the company running the cinema at Trinity Leeds.
Mr Lancaster said:
“We look forward to revealing the names over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we are in negotiation with a number of other restaurant operators – all of whom will be new to Harrogate – and want to be part of this exciting new leisure hub.”
The cinema complex will be a modern, three storey building, according to the Advertiser, and the units contained within have permits allowing them to be run as restaurants, bars, shops or offices.
The owners have expressed their hopes that the cinema will be open in December 2015 and that the contained units will be open by autumn.
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