An event called 'Behind the Scenes’ is being held in front of the old Whiteladies Picture House today until 4pm. It is a series of video-blogs documenting the work being undertaken by all involved in the campaign to renovate the derelict venue. From the history of the building and Bristol’s cinema heritage, to the exciting plans for the future, everything can be found in this campaign.
The campaigners who are gathering outside the Grade II-listed building of Whiteladies Picture House today (Sunday, February 12) are looking for people to appear on camera and share their thoughts, past experiences of the Picture House, and show their support to the reopening of the historic cinema.
Built in 1921, the cinema, formerly owned by Odeon, showed its last film in November 2001. But now, film enthusiast Alan Mandel-Butler, who wants to restore the venue, said he wanted "to give the building back to the community":
"It is obvious from our many meetings with Bristolians that everyone has a story to tell about the Picture House and we wish to hear them all. We wish to restore the building to its former glory and gathering these memories will help us do just that."
Mr Mandel-Butler, supported by David Fells, is negotiating with developers and financiers about revitalising the building and reopening the cinema.