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#31 jaw

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 03:52 PM

The car showroom did used to be a cinema, it was called the Century, and I think it was owned by the cinema that is now the bingo hall . Granada

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 04:15 PM

I'd like to add my support. Would absolutely love a cinema, and especially a PH, to open in CP. I live just round the corner from Church Road, so am all for using that as the location! Church Road could really do with an injection of life into it, and a cinema will definitely attract more people to the road, and the area. I used to be a regular visitor to both the Ritzy and Clapham PH, but now I have to get a babysitter, it's less viable as I'd have to pay the babysitter for the time I spend on the bus getting there and back. Had a lovely daydream only this morning that I won the Euro-millions and spent a few of them opening a cinema myself (and that's a promise if I win!) :D

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 06:44 PM

I'd definitely support something like this. I know I've yet to move (I move next week though - woohoo!) but I'd love to have a good (i.e. PH type) cinema within walking distance. :)

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 07:38 PM

I made few changes - though I am shatttered so I am happy to take it like a man if you think it's not a good version (of course anything can be improved).

I sugar coated some parts and focused on the "Upper Norwood" area not just CP.


Dear Sirs,

After an informal exchange of views with other members of Virtual Norwood (www.virtualnorwood.com/forum), exclusively residents in Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace, it was shared consensus that the neighbourhood lacks of a (quality) cinema.

We felt that the Picturehouse offers the type of cinema experience that people want, the right mixture of arthouse/foreign/specialist/mainstream films and the added extras such as the cafe's and the bars. Currently people from the area have to travel to Brixton or Clapham to see films at one of your cinemas.

Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace, in particular the “Triangle”, is a vibrant district, with a large number of bars, restaurants and independent shops. The area has a real sense of community and an arty demographic and it will certainly benefit in the near future from both the extension of the East London Line and the Croydon Tramlink. Currently there are good transport connections to Upper Norwood from neighbouring areas via National Rail and an efficient bus service.

As demonstrated in the recent past, the opening of the new Sainsbury's in Westow Street was undoubtedly the result of a huge effort from the community to lobby to have a quality brand in the area, and from teh business perspectiev a realization that the area offer an attractive customer base.

The need for a cinema in the area is undisputed. Until recently there were plans for a huge multiplex cinema in Crystal Palace Park. This did not meet the Community's needs and expectations in regards of the developments of the Park and it was later rejected. This did not mean that a cinema was not wanted; however a multiplex would have not been a viable resource for the area. We agreed however that a scaled down version would have been more appropriate to its surroundings.

The community is very aware of the potential of the area and it has quite a defined view of what developments would or would not add value to the up & coming neighbour and therefore your company was mentioned during the discussions as the only choice that reflects our views.

Whilst this does not reflect the view of the entire community and aware of the fact that Virtual Norwood does not have not a stance on the issue, we urge you to consider Upper Norwood in any future business development plans you may have.

Virtual Norwood has in the past worked as good prop to push some issues to support the development of the aera; thanks to a a large membership base that is actively involved in the community's development.

We would be happy to take part in any market research/consultation required.

Please feel free to browse the site to get a feel for some of the discussions that have taken place.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Edited by LSPE, 08 November 2006 - 07:41 PM.

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 08:09 PM

LSPE - don't take my editorial comments personally! But here goes....

Dear Sirs?!

A bit outmoded, impersonal and starchy, no? I'd always advocate addressing the letter to the actual intended recipient... in this case Picturehouse Cinema Group.

Also, the letter starts out on a negative - I'd actually say I liked the first version better.

Upper Norwood - well, work it in there somewhere for accuracy, but as far as name recognition, glamour, etc. that won't do it. Any mention of the Norwoods to people NOTR (el norte's, north o'da river) and eyes glaze. CP at least has name recognition and a train station.

We ARE a vibrant and lively community, and it should come out in the letter!

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:39 AM

Of course no offence taken! Doh!

We go for the best option so that we can get this sorted
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 11:28 AM

Hi,

I liked the added oomph in the bit about Sainsbury's and park redevelopment LSPE. Agree with Ziwa that it should simply be addressed to Picturehouse Cinema Group though.

Also noticed that the bit about the potential site was taken out. Two questions (to all)

Should this be in or taken out?
Can anyone actually confirm whether the site used to be a cinema - getting mixed messages on here?

I have also had a couple of other comments/changes suggested and i'll wait for any other comments today before posting a suggested final draft tomorrow as don't have time to redraft and send out until tomorrow anyway.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 12:38 PM

The old car showroom in Church Road was definately a former cinema known as the Century, I used to go to the pictures there as a teenager.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 01:00 PM

The car showroom did used to be a cinema, it was called the Century, and I think it was owned by the cinema that is now the bingo hall . Granada

So there were 2 cinemas next to each other? I shall have to ask an "older" lady friend of mine - she remembers going to the cinema in CP and the CP burning down!
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 01:20 PM

Just out of interest I had a look on this site http://www.darkscree...o.uk/azlist.asp which lists closed cinemas in south london. It was not much help to be honest as there are entries for Century and Granada but they both only give the address as Church Road - even the site says there is confusion over whether they were in fact one and the same.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 02:18 PM

Probably they can call the cinema the NEW CENTURY? hint hint
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#42 jaw

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 03:20 PM

To all you doubters out there, there were two Cinemas in Church Road one was the Granada the other the Century, and as far as I can remember they were both owned by Granada, I have seen films in both of them.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 06:32 PM

to see the Century Cinema.
[img]http://francisfrith.com/_U42005.htm

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 08:02 PM

That link looks borked.

Try this one

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 11:58 AM

Love the idea of having a local Picture House.

I think the letter is great, but you may want to add something more about the local demographic. Whilst Picture House will be able to access more accurate information more quickly, I think that reference to the demographic will show that we have thought about it from a viable business perspective too.

Here's a summary for starters. I know this is not representative of the whole community, but Picture House already has cinemas in Greenwich, Clapham and Notting Hill Gate, so I was trying to find similarities in the areas. Apologies to those that this excludes but would still use the cinema (including myself). And I promise I'm not making judgements on who would use a cinema.

"The ACORN demographic information relating to Crystal Palace clearly demonstrates that as well as residents having a high interest in the arts, they are well educated and tend to have higher than average rates of disposable income as many are yet to start families. This is replicated in the surrouding areas of, amongst others, Syndeham and West Norwood that would also be target markets."