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Everyone who shed a tear over the scheduled flattening of Owen Luder’s Get Carter car park in Gateshead, and then cheered when demolition was halted in March, had better look for another hanky

Tesco and Gateshead Council have agreed a deal that will finally mean an overhaul of the site and the car park’s replacement by a 3DReid scheme. It’s the death of the biggest film icon sinceJohn Candy.

Speaking of which, a study from the USA reveals that, due to the growing girth of theatre-goers, the cost of building new cinemas and playhouses has risen by 30 per cent. Auditoria and chairs now need to be almost a third bigger than they were in 1900. As one commentator said: ‘[This clearly] impacts on the bottom line.’

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