Reel Cinema gets reprieve
PLYMOUTH, UK — On the day it was to close, the historic Reel Cinema got a reprieve. The owner wanted to build a 10-screen multiplex on the site. A retired theater operator negotiated a deal to manage the theater, saving it from the wrecking ball.
The 70-year-old art deco Reel is the last survivor of Plymouth’s golden age of movies. In adition to films, the Beatles and other acts played there in the 1960’s. In 1977, it was divided into three auditoriums and a bingo hall.
Recent moviegoers describe the theater as rundown but rich in art deco details. The new manager has said he has no plans to renovate but will just concentrate on running the theater.
Read more in This is Plymouth.