Former National Picture Theatre
Hull City Council to hand over former National Picture Theatre to local group
Hull City Council has issued a compulsory purchase order for the former National Picture Theatre, Hull.
The order will allow the council to buy the site from the current owner and pass it on to the National Civilian WWII Memorial Trust. The Trust have already got permission for proposals to turn the site into a memorial garden with education centre, for the benefit of Hull's heritage.
The CBA have support the Trust at every stage of their applications, and we wrote in support of the compulsory purchase order. We are pleased to hear that the former National Picture Theatre will have an appropriate use to commemorate its heritage.
Heritage of the National Picture Theatre
Originally designed in 1914 as a purpose-built cinema, the former National Picture Theatre's heritage lies primarily in events of 1941. Reportedly during a showing of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, air raid sirens began. Film-watchers, without time to get the the air-raid shelter, took cover in the entrance foyer. The National Picture Theatre took a direct hit, flattening the auditorium and reducing the building to ruins. Remarkably, the one hundred and fifty people sheltering in the entrance foyer all survived.
The National Picture Theatre is one of the few secular buildings surviving in its bomb damaged state. It was listed at Grade II in 2007.
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The local group seeking ownership for the memorial garden and education centre is the National Civilian WWII Memorial Trust.