An old bank in Sheffield city centre could be given a new lease of life - by being turned into a ‘boutique’ cinema.
The listed building on George Street, between High Street and Norfolk Street, was once home to the Sheffield Banking Company, but now the Curzon Cinemas chain is looking to move in.
If approved by councillors, the £2.5 million scheme would see three small auditoria installed at ground level with 66, 55 and 40 seats, a VIP screening room on the first floor catering for 22 cinema-goers, and two bars.
Rob Kenny, director of cinema development, said opening could take place towards the middle of next year, and that Curzon wanted to ‘work with The Showroom’.
“We have got a lot of faith in Sheffield,” he said.
“We feel there is a huge opportunity for us.”
The bank was built at the end of the 18th century, and has been empty for many years.
Curzon wants to incorporate features such as the wooden entrance doors and ornate bank hall ceiling.