There will be a gathering of the community on February 1st 2018 at 7.30pm to offer constructive discussion and to prepare a community response to the findings of the recent UA92 consultation; including an opportunity for us to talk about the proposed next steps and to prepare a response to the UA92 proposal (incorporating the refreshed Stretford Masterplan). The plan includes the proposal of a compulsory purchase order by Trafford MBC of the cinema building and its reuse into a student hub with possible community access.
Doors will open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start. This is a ticketed event*. Tickets can be obtained here.
*Note – tickets are free. This event is organised by Friends Of Stretford Public Hall and the event is not affiliated to this site.
It seems that Trafford Council have their sites on Stretford for student housing with the Essoldo building front and centre as part of the new masterplan. It will be interesting to see how that would happen. The following text is taken directly from the updated Stretford Masterplan which you can read in full here. Views below are those of the author of the masterplan.
“The Grade II listed Essoldo Cinema has been vacant since 1995. The Council has proactively engaged with the owner of the building over several years in order to bring the building back into active use. Whilst a number of proposals have been explored with the owner, to date these have not come to fruition and the building remains vacant.
There is a specific opportunity to bring the former Essoldo back into active use as part of the UA92 student campus. New development of low scale buildings could be provided sensitively around the Essoldo building to provide a mixture of student residential types within single sided buildings, mews and townhouses. The former Essoldo building itself will provide opportunities for the provision of student amenities and other uses accessible to the whole community, including the potential for a relocated and significantly enhanced library facility.
The provision of new development will protect and enhance the original entrances to the Essoldo and effectively screen the buildings blank elevations. There is potential to create a shared surface at the north side of the Essoldo with front doors from low rise town house student accommodation to activate this area. A new pedestrian link would be provided through to the canal opening up access to this important asset.
The effective reuse of the former Essoldo and development of the adjoining land and buildings will bring a long term vacant landmark building back into active use, secure the future of this listed building and help to strengthen the linkage between the Stretford Metrolink stop and the Town Centre whilst improving access to the Bridgewater Canal and taking full advantage of the proximity to this waterside setting.
Thanks to Facebook reader Andrew for this photo spotting a rare moment where work is captured. No matter where or what’s going on around the circumstances of this building, somebody is at least keeping it standing (empty).
It’s now 80 years since the building opened and 50 YEARS since the last film was screened! It’s also be 21 years since the general population of Stretford were last allowed to step inside and 19 years since it was purchased by the current owners. That’s quite a set of anniversaries!
Whilst this website has been tracking the life and times of this pickled building for nearly 1/8th of its existence now (10 years!) there’s not ever been much to report. If you really want to get your cinema geek on however and feel the force of like minded people across the U.K., you’d do well to get yourself a membership of the Cinema Theate Association.
Find out how the Essoldo in Stretford passed through the hands of a string of national companies and name changes between the 1960s and 1990s. Stretfords very own cinema played its part in the evolution of picture palace to bingo hall. Article here.
Click here to read the full story from the Manchester Evening News website.
There’s a petition doing the rounds online to have Trafford Council issue a CPO on the owner. Take a look at the petition and the reasoning behind it here.