Uckfield Picture House refurbishment begins soon.

Uckfield Picture House refurbishment begins

Story updated on Thursday, August 28: More than £½ million is to be spent on refurbishing The Picture House, Uckfield, and owner Kevin Markwick has blogged about the work.

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From our original story which appeared on Tuesday, August 5: The cinema will remain open throughout with screens closing one after another to be upgraded. There will always be at least two screens running.

The outside is to be decorated with tiles on the tower being replaced. New seats have been ordered and September will see the start of the complete refurbishment of screens one and three. Screen one will be closed for about six weeks and when that re-opens screen three will close for about five days.

Both screens will have new seats, carpet and decor. The entrance to screen one will be moved to the side and the screen made bigger.

Screen one will also have a new stepped floor and fewer seats to improve the legroom.

There will also be a new soundproof wall between screens one and two. This will augment a wall that divided the original balcony and stalls when the original conversion to two screens took place in 1978.

Cinema owner Kevin Markwick said screens one and three would have new acoustic wall designs to “greatly improve the already very good sound”.

Mr Markwick said the current plan was to stop work over the busy Christmas and New Year period, completing the major works in March 2015.

This will include doubling the size of the foyer, building a new bar and an extension on the side for better access to the theatres.

Screen two will be redecorated and re-seated at that point.

Mr Markwick said that if it looks possible to roll on and complete the works without stopping then that is what he will do. That decision will be made after the summer.

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