The Broadway cinema has changed
Until its recent revamp, it was looking a bit tatty around the edges but in a way that I liked. Apparently, the Nottingham Film Theatre opened there on September 2nd 1966, on the site of a 1839 Weslyan chapel, but the building had a rather pleasing Art Deco look. Yes, had, as the revamp has completely changed the way it looks.
For the past few months, I've watched the way it's been changing and was rather dismayed to see the huge sheets of blue glass being placed on the facade. It looked as if the place was going to be transformed into yet another indistinguishable modern steel and glass structure. But, now that it's finished, despite it having lost its original appeal, I think they've done quite a good job.
I had a drink in the new bar upstairs last week and can see it'll become a favourite haunt of many, including me. As yet, I've not been to the two new cinemas built in the basement, one of which has been designed by one of Nottingham's favourite sons, Paul Smith. So, I haven't seen, let alone sat on, the 'love seats' he's designed for the place. Call me old-fashioned, but I suspect that I won't like them as I prefer conventional seating in a cinema. For the time being, however, I'll reserve judgement.