Campaign to turn bombed Hull cinema into memorial site

16 Mar

Campaigners are hoping to save a Hull cinema which was destroyed during an air raid in World War Two.

The National Picture Theatre was bombed on the night of 17 March 1941.
Over 150 people were in the cinema at the time but, remarkably, no one was killed or seriously injured.
The remains are believed to be the last example of a civilian bomb-damaged building in the UK.
A local history group is raising funds to turn the site into a lasting legacy to all those who suffered from the effects of the Blitz.
Alan Canvess is secretary of the World War Two Memorial Trust. He believes people of all ages would benefit if the building is restored:
“To actually be able to come to a site and stand in it and see what a building looked like the night after it was bombed would be a great thing for their educations. And great memories for everyone else.”
The plan is to turn the structure into an educational centre and memorial garden dedicated to the 1200 people who were killed during air raids on Hull.
The cinema was built in 1914. The attack destroyed the auditorium leaving the façade facing onto the busy Beverley Road.
Since the war, the remains have had a chequered history with many attempts to redevelop the site over the years.
It was awarded Grade II status in 2007.

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