Former Kingdom nightclub and Gaumont cinema in Sheffield will be giant new leisure venue

A former Sheffield cinema is set to become a new leisure venue in the city centre, developers have said.

Thursday, 17th February 2022, 12:57 pm

The Gaumont building on Barker’s Pool has been stripped back to brick to allow a new operator to fit it out.

WHAT IS IT LIKE INSIDE?

It has one huge space inside, and a second smaller one, which used to house cinema screens and more recently dance floors.

The night club has been stripped out.

Several stages and mezzanine floors have been retained, but could be removed.

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Project director Andrew Davison of Queensberry, the council’s development partner for Heart of the City II, said they were talking to three companies about reopening it as a leisure space.

He hoped to sign one of them in the summer. But he would not say what the building could be - only that it would not be a bowling alley because there is one on The Moor.

Inside the former Kingdom nightclub. Picture Scott Merrylees

He added: “We have stripped out the nightclub completely while trying to retain as much of the structure as possible. I’m looking forward to inviting a new leisure concept to Sheffield. ”

The red steel and glass facade will start to be removed in late summer. The new venue is set to reopen in summer 2023.

WHY IS THIS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE OPTION?

Mr Davison said retaining the building was the most sustainable option. It will also have an air source heat pump.

A design report states it is a ‘playful reinterpretation’ of the Regent Cinema. A composition of angular, splayed reveals express the historic surround of the Regent Cinema.

He added: “Sustainability is at the forefront of our mind.”

The site was home to the Regent Theatre from 1927. It became the Gaumont Theatre in 1946. Following demolition in 1985, a new building became an Odeon cinema then nightclubs Kingdom and finally Embrace.

The last event was in December 2019.

Looking down on the old main dancefloor

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It is a very big space to fill. Picture Scott Merrylees
Several stages and mezzanine floors have been retained. Picture Scott Merrylees
Andrew Davison, project director at Queensberry, the council’s development partner for Heart of the City II in the old Kingdom nightclub.