Rawtenstall 'Picture House' to be transformed into shops

Lancashire Telegraph: The building fell victim to a major fire in 1998, causing damage totalling £2million The building fell victim to a major fire in 1998, causing damage totalling £2million

A LANDMARK former cinema in the heart of Rawtenstall can now look forward to three new main features.

The 94-year-old former ‘Picture House’ in Bacup Road looks set to be transformed into two stores and a takeaway after developers Hurstwood Holdings secured planning permission.

Bosses have seen the recent success of Vogue and Zazou, along the same parade and are eager to breathe new life into the building, also formerly known as the Heritage Arcade.

Company surveyor Andrew McCormack said: “Heritage Arcade is one of the most unique buildings in Rawtenstall so we are delighted to have obtained this permission.

“We hope that we can now progress forward with the building and secure some long-term tenants who will bring sought after amenities and further employment to the town centre.”

Hurstwood was behind the two new nightspot leases, which were extensively refurbished before being brought back to life.

The Victorian arcade was used as a filming backdrop for ‘Girls Night Out’ a late 90s Julie Walters and Brenda Blethyn picture.

But the building fell victim to a major fire in 1998, causing damage totalling £2million, and ended up in the hands of receivers.

Just four years ago there was even discussion regarding the building making way for the town’s still-to-be-built new bus station.

Emergency work has also been carried out over the past 18 months to safeguard passers-by after masonry fell from the top of the building’s facade.

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8:09pm Fri 20 Dec 13

ianloveday says...

its about time they are finally doing something with this beautiful building
its about time they are finally doing something with this beautiful building ianloveday

8:33pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Loving lances says...

More talk from a developer. Hurstwood was the group behind the failed retail park designed to bring in such big names as Homebase. Still an eyesore.
More talk from a developer. Hurstwood was the group behind the failed retail park designed to bring in such big names as Homebase. Still an eyesore. Loving lances

9:44pm Fri 20 Dec 13

GAC says...

wonder how much rossendale council are handing over to help things along.
wonder how much rossendale council are handing over to help things along. GAC

11:02pm Fri 20 Dec 13

shirtbox2003 says...

wishfull thinking.nobody wants to buy or rent shops.
wishfull thinking.nobody wants to buy or rent shops. shirtbox2003

11:29pm Fri 20 Dec 13

nolando says...

Would be nice if this plan could be realised but I remember what happened last time the building was renovated and converted into shops. Looked great inside but nobody moved into the shops and that was before the current economic climate. Let's just hope it won't be another New Hall Hey.
Would be nice if this plan could be realised but I remember what happened last time the building was renovated and converted into shops. Looked great inside but nobody moved into the shops and that was before the current economic climate. Let's just hope it won't be another New Hall Hey. nolando

4:32am Sat 21 Dec 13

Malthus says...

Just what is needed; more empty shops.
Just what is needed; more empty shops. Malthus

2:08pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Sogden says...

Is this the same hurstwoood who went "bump" and made several local business' go the same way after not paying them ? Steven Ashworth is a crook
Is this the same hurstwoood who went "bump" and made several local business' go the same way after not paying them ? Steven Ashworth is a crook Sogden

8:47pm Sat 21 Dec 13

willie eckerslike says...

Was this once used in an episode of "JULIET BRAVO " ???
Was this once used in an episode of "JULIET BRAVO " ??? willie eckerslike

2:44pm Mon 23 Dec 13

ianloveday says...

willie eckerslike wrote:
Was this once used in an episode of "JULIET BRAVO " ???
i dont think so but i could be wrong, it was used in the film girls night out with julie walters
[quote][p][bold]willie eckerslike[/bold] wrote: Was this once used in an episode of "JULIET BRAVO " ???[/p][/quote]i dont think so but i could be wrong, it was used in the film girls night out with julie walters ianloveday

5:34am Wed 15 Jan 14

Rogi says...

Sogden wrote:
Is this the same hurstwoood who went "bump" and made several local business' go the same way after not paying them ? Steven Ashworth is a crook
This is not a viable proposition, but the council are desperate for money for basic services. Practically speaking what else can they do to raise funds?

Hurstwood's track record speaks for itself. No kosher company would touch this.
[quote][p][bold]Sogden[/bold] wrote: Is this the same hurstwoood who went "bump" and made several local business' go the same way after not paying them ? Steven Ashworth is a crook[/p][/quote]This is not a viable proposition, but the council are desperate for money for basic services. Practically speaking what else can they do to raise funds? Hurstwood's track record speaks for itself. No kosher company would touch this. Rogi

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