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Anyone missing Tower Cinemas? There might just be something you can do

There are so many films that our community cannot view because we lack capacity particularly in Newcastle’s changing and growing CDB - Steven Pritchard.

Photography Courtesy of Iconic Cinemas Proprietary Ltd.

Novocastrians from far and wide hold special memories at Newcastle’s only city centre theatre; Tower Cinemas. Whether it’s a first date, a school movie day out or a family evening eating your weight in popcorn. We’ve all got a memory, and when the doors closed at the end of last year it was hard to say goodbye.

But it might not be goodbye for good.

The iconic cinema opened its doors in April 1976, standing proud in the changing landscape of the city for over 40 years. Giving us film festivals from around the globe, foreign films, top Hollywood Blockbusters, and hosting all kinds of special events including; concerts, ballets, and Operas; Tower Cinemas was truly one-of-a-kind.

Whilst we’ve been inner-city cinema free for the past few months, there’s been a huge effort from one local guy, in particular, Steven Pritchard, who's been working behind the scenes to bring back the old favourite. Following the sudden closure of the cinema, Steven launched Iconic Cinemas Proprietary Limited. The company has been working towards bringing the cinema back to the inner city of Newcastle. Either through re-opening Tower Cinemas or by opening a brand-new cinema.

“The city needs a place where the community can view a wide range of art-house, classic and mainstream films.

“We also look forward to complementing the cinema offering in the region and working across all levels of stakeholders and interested groups to deliver the best possible outcome for the site and the community,” Steven said.

The Tower Cinemas was the last operational cinema in the inner city of Newcastle, and Steven’s move to re-open the cinema is currently targeting for late November 2019. But we might need your help!

You can show your support for getting on and liking their Facebook page, and signing Save Tower Cinemas’ petition!