Thursday, 3 July 2014

July update

Quite a lot has happened since the Pop Up Cinema...

Despite some pretty awful weather early in the year we have cracked-on with the build and are pretty much on schedule and on budget.   

There have been one or two hurdles along the way, but by September, Fletcher in Rye CIC will have completed the construction phase of the project and then it's over to The Kino for the fit-out - in preparation for the opening later this year.


The Old Library buiding has been insulated and re-roofed.   Although we're waiting to finish the lead-work as "Pearl and Dean" the Herring Gull chicks are taking longer to leave home than expected.   Never mind, we'll wait.


The fabric of the main auditorium is nearing completion.   This will be the "Red" screen and will seat approximately 100 people.

 Keep checking back for more photos








Sunday, 15 December 2013

Pop Up Cinema in Rye

The Buttermarket - the vaulted area under the Town Hall was turned into a 20-seat cinema showing "It's a Wonderful Life".

As a little taste of what's to come - Fletcher and Kino got together on Saturday 14th December for the the first of (hopefully) many free, informal screenings of classic films.




On one of the coldest nights of the year, a hardy few sat through the whole film - but over 100 people came to see what we were doing, giving us a chance to explain the plan,   There was unanimous support and that wasn't just because of the free mulled-wine.


Friday, 22 November 2013

There's been a lot going on behind the scenes.

While it was business as usual for the rest of Rye, Architects, Engineers, acoustics experts and many other specialist trades have been working hard in the pre-construction phase.  In order to make sure that there are no surprises and that when the building starts, we can complete on time and in budget, we've had to organise…and pay for…

Asbestos removal
Many buildings of this vintage probably contain some bits of asbestos - usually in the pipe lagging or boiler room - and Lion Street is no different.    We have had two sessions of asbestos removal and the work is now  complete

Electricity Sub-station
You may know that there is an Electricity Sub-station sandwiched between the George and the Lion Street site.  The north-east corner of the the 100 seat auditorium would sit over the existing cables, and this isn’t allowed as UK Power Networks need to be able to get to the cables without knocking any buildings down.   Consequently, the cables had to be moved by a metre or so.   UK Power Networks and their sub-contractors turned up on time and during some of the nastiest weather over the last month have dug, cut, shoveled and drank tea and all is now complete.   It wasn’t cheap but it had to be done.



Archaeology
Also necessary was a survey to make sure that we weren’t about to disturb anything of archaeological importance.    Again more digging (and tea) and a few visits from the County Archaeologist and the result is a positive one.

Rye Studio School
The new Studio School is using the St Mary’s Centre (the old FE Centre) as temporary classrooms and offices as they build their new school in The Grove.    As well as giving the students from year 10 a guided tour, we’ve been very happy to host Art classes in the Old Library


Fund-raising
The total cost of the development of the site to create a state of the art 2-screen cinema is £1.4m.   And again...we’re nearly there!    

After many months of fundraising and fantastic reactions from local people and businesses as well as support from East Sussex County Council’s Rural Regeneration team, the project is in advanced discussions to secure the remaining £350,000.    We are optimistic that we can announce more details very soon.

This spectacular show of support for the project, combined with the contributions from Kino Digital means that the total figure of £1.5m has nearly been reached.   After a period of discussions and tendering, a letter of intent has been issued to Durtnell - our favoured Civil Engineering Contractor - and we hope to sign final contracts in the next few weeks.

The plan is to open the cinema in time for the Christmas holidays 2014


Friday, 10 May 2013

The work has started...

Archeologists from Chris Butler Archeological Services have been on site this week.   Two test pits were dug and bits and bobs have been sent away for analysis.


Paul Humm of Chris Butler Archeological Services 

Caroline Russell, Paul Humm and Andrew Bradshaw spent 2 days digging through rubble and years of building refuse - the resulting holes are 1m wide x 2m long  x 1.2m deep .

Nothing of note was found and the underlying clay has been exposed,







Caspar Johnson and Andrew Bradshaw




Caspar Johnson, East Sussex County Archeologist joined Caroline, Paul and Andrew on site on Thursday.









It's amazing how much soil and spoil can be shifted by 3 hard-working experts.

Every good project starts with a big hole!



Thursday, 25 April 2013

Planning Permission has been granted

It's the news we've been waiting for - Rother District Council have granted Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for Lion Street

Thank you for all the support - from individuals and businesses alike

We can now push ahead with the development - we'll keep you posted here and Facebook and Twitter

Click here to see the Planning Consent on Rother's website

Click here for The Rye Observer coverage of the story

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Fantastic News

The Fletcher/Kino cinema project takes another step forward as we hear from East Sussex County Council about a grant of £100,000 - yes...One Hundred Thousand pounds!

Read the full story in The Rye Observer here

Saturday, 9 February 2013


Fantastic news this week as Rye Town Council take a further look at the plans and says "Yes" with an increased majority over last time.

Click here to go to the full article in the Rye Observer





Who are we?

Fletcher in Rye CIC


A group of local residents with experience in Business, Banking and Theatre.


We came together originally to try to establish a theatre in The Monastery and promote the name of John Fletcher - the Jacobean playwright, and colleague of Shakespeare - who was born in Rye. The group’s focus switched to Lion Street when it was threatened with redevelopment.


We're building links with local businesses (including Jonathan Dunn Architects and Kino Digital) - helping us preserve Rye’s heritage by establishing creative and sustainable uses for its historic and potentially redundant buildings.