Showroom welcomes new arthouse cinema

The old bank building in George Street, Sheffield, which is being turned into a cinema.
The old bank building in George Street, Sheffield, which is being turned into a cinema.
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Work has begun converting a listed building in Sheffield into an ‘exciting’ arthouse cinema.

A new branch of Curzon Cinemas will open in George Street in December, inside the former home of the Sheffield Banking Company’s Grade II-listed building.

The cinema will comprise three screens of 40, 55 and 66 seats, as well as a rooftop garden terrace and a 22-seat private auditorium.

Independent cinema The Showroom, based on Paternoster Row, said it ‘welcomes’ the rival indie film space.

Melanie Crawley, marketing development manager for The Showroom, said: “It’s an exciting time for film fans in Sheffield with the prospect of a new cultural cinema opening in the city centre, and we hope to cultivate a good relationship with the Curzon, but we see the role of The Showroom as being very distinct from this cinema operator.

“The Showroom will remain the city’s only truly independent cinema – the film programme is created in-house specifically for our local audience, giving people in Sheffield access to films from around the world, but also to films made locally about issues that reflect the city. The Showroom has cultivated important relationships with partnership organisations, such as the city’s two universities, in order to provide a completely unique film programme.

“We hope to welcome Curzon to the network once they are open.”