This video captures how Jonathan Dunn Architects worked with the local community to design and build a cinema in an abandoned Victorian school building
The cinema in the heart of Rye, East Sussex, came about after local residents rallied to overturn planning approval to develop an abandoned Victorian school building into housing.
The town centre site was redeveloped using much of the existing school building. This involved removing the remodelled 1950s elements and creating a main auditorium that uses the natural sloping gradient to form the raked seating platforms.
Key sight lines from the site have been created to form the angular extensions, and open up the views across the town towards the church tower before the audience enter the auditoriums.
For the interior design, much of the existing building was retained, and the architect worked with acoustic specialists to achieve high performance levels without compromising on design in the auditoriums.