Building work begins to replace leaky roof at Curzon Cinema

PUBLISHED: 06:55 25 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:21 25 February 2020

CEO Susannah Shaw with cordoned off seating in the auditorium due to the leaking roof.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

CEO Susannah Shaw with cordoned off seating in the auditorium due to the leaking roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Work has finally begun to repair the leaky roof of Clevedon’s community cinema.

Building work begins on the Clevedon  Curzon Cinema's leaky roof.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONBuilding work begins on the Clevedon Curzon Cinema's leaky roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Building work began yesterday (Monday) to repair the Curzon Cinema and is expected to take six months.

Contractors Corbel, experts in historic building conservation, began the process of repairing and replacing decaying timber, installing new rainwater goods and replacing all 12,830 terracotta tiles.

The cinema received £570,000 of funding for the project, launched in April, after the roof had become 'very fragile', with leaks throughout the building.

Damage caused by the leaking roof.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONDamage caused by the leaking roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Susannah Shaw, the cinema's chief executive, said: "We are so relieved we are finally able to start this work.

"With the atrocious weather this winter, there have been many nervous glances up at our ceiling.

"We have to extend genuine admiration to our loyal community for giving so generously to our appeal.

"If you wish to tag a tile, staff and volunteers will be happy to show you what to do in exchange for a donation toward our roof appeal.

"But don't leave it too long, as the tiles will all be going up top in the spring."

MORE: Curzon receives Lottery funding.

Damage caused by the leaking roof.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONDamage caused by the leaking roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Scaffolding will be installed over the next three weeks and is not expected to impede traffic, although occasionally delivery lorries will need to park in the road.

Shops near the cinema, in Old Church Road, will continue with business as usual.

The cinema will change its box office opening hours to 2pm to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 8pm on Saturdays.

Building work begins on the Clevedon  Curzon Cinema's leaky roof.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONBuilding work begins on the Clevedon Curzon Cinema's leaky roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

There will be no weekday morning or 1.30pm screenings due to the noise of the building work, with showings instead taking place at 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

At the weekends, there will be a minimum of three screenings a day, and, when running times allow, there will be four.

As costs have increased since the Curzon first received estimates, staff and volunteers are still hoping to raise a further £30,000 to ensure costs can be met.

Clevedon  Curzon Cinema auditorium.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONClevedon Curzon Cinema auditorium. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Tag A Tile, which allows people to make donations to fund replacement tiles, will continue to run during box office hours.

After securing a safe roof, the Curzon wants to raise a further £2million to restore the cinema to its former glory, with plans to improve the seating and install a second screen on a restored balcony and a lift to all floors.

CEO Susannah Shaw with cordoned off seating in the auditorium due to the leaking roof.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONCEO Susannah Shaw with cordoned off seating in the auditorium due to the leaking roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Damage caused by the leaking roof.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONDamage caused by the leaking roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

CEO Susannah Shaw with cordoned off seating in the auditorium due to the leaking roof.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONCEO Susannah Shaw with cordoned off seating in the auditorium due to the leaking roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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