The project aims to improve the local community by creating jobs, supporting local businesses, providing training & events and improving the environment for local residents. The town centre of Ashton has suffered a decline since the closure of the cinema in 2003. The society has been inundated with messages of support from the local community since the project was featured on the BBC and in several newspapers. We have even made it to the front page of the Manchester weekly newspaper, which shows the positive potential this project could create. We have a clear 4 stage plan to create somewhere for the whole community to enjoy. Since the austerity cuts there are very few groups for young people, especially those with special educational needs. We intend to provide workshops, social and live events for the people of the community to enjoy. The building itself means a great deal to the people of Tameside and its reopening would improve community pride. The building is steeped in history.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The society will be based in a building that is part of the town’s history and therefore ideas and proposals will always be heard and considered. The improvement the restoration will make will be accountable as a positive for the town centre environment. Progression through stages of our business plan will also be discussed with the local community through surveys and other research methods. We intend to offer volunteer opportunities to assist people from the community who are attempting to get back into work and we will be accountable to their future progression.. Since the austerity cuts there have been many groups and services removed from the borough. This has been especially difficult for vulnerable people such as children with special educational needs and the elderly. A project like ours will give the local community the opportunities that are currently sadly lacking. The introduction of a creative hub with an open door policy will help people who are struggling in their lives.
Steps to get it done:
Since the beginning of the project we have looked to our community for research and development. We intend to run an open door policy for members of the community to voice their opinions or request tailored advice from the project team. This first stage will be instrumental in raising awareness of the society and also the preservation of this historical landmark. We will hold fund raising shows as well as guide and support artists from the borough and surrounding areas. The cafe will be a place for everyone and will be a good indication of the projects overall success.The community of Ashton Under-Lyne is seriously affected by the presence of the building in its current state. The environment of the town centre would be greatly improved, as its central building will no longer sit derelict. In terms of the community’s nostalgic attachment to the cinema, bringing it back into use will improve the community spirit and local pride.
About the space
Majestic Picture House, Ashton Under Lyne 1920s Art Deco Cinema