Pontefract: Society on a roll to restore former Crescent cinema

Jonathan Griffiths, John Tollick and Karl Gilbert outside Crescent Cinema.
Jonathan Griffiths, John Tollick and Karl Gilbert outside Crescent Cinema.
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Community leaders in Pontefract have clubbed together in the hope of restoring the town’s former Crescent cinema.

More than 70 people attended a public meeting hosted by Pontefract Civic Society as the group looks for people’s ideas on the future use of the Ropergate building.

The cinema has not been used since it closed in 1993 but the group wants to restore it with money from grants and open up the facility to theatre groups.

Martin Lodge, vice chairman of the civic society, said: “It was literally like someone shut the door 22 years ago and no-one has been in since which is a shame.

“The idea is to show old films and try and create something which can be a resource for the town.

“Pontefract lacks performance space and places where groups can rehearse.”

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