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Return of the Reel: Local Architecture Firm Hired to Revive Belmont Cinema

Aberdeen-Based Firm TINTO to Rejuvenate Beloved Cinema


By Kirsten Koss

A local architecture firm has been appointed in the latest development in the plan to reopen the Belmont Cinema.


The Belmont cinema, once the prime location in Aberdeen to see the hottest indie films and blockbuster releases alike, closed in 2022 after its previous owners called in the administrators. 


In 2023, the Belmont Community Cinema Ltd emerged from the ‘Save the Belmont Cinema’ campaign in order to try to revive the venue. In the same year, council chiefs appointed the charity to oversee the redevelopment, and eventual reopening of the iconic venue.

 

In the latest development, the charity has appointed the Aberdeen-based architecture firm TINTO to reimagine the space and bring independent cinema back to the city. Speaking of the partnership, Trustee of Belmont Community Cinema Jacob Campbell said that the charity is excited about TINTO’s proposed design for the venue:


“We have been very impressed with the TINTO team over the past few months we have worked together: they have demonstrated a similar passion for the project, shown a deep-rooted understanding of the significance of the Belmont, its place within Aberdeen, and the steps required to preserve its future, whilst honouring its past.”


Richard Tinto, founder and CEO of TINTO Architecture echoed the enthusiasm shown by Campbell:


“The Belmont Cinema has a hugely important role to play in nurturing and sustaining the cultural heartbeat of Aberdeen, as part of a campaign to regenerate the city centre while retaining its heritage. As a proud Aberdonian, I’m thrilled that TINTO has been appointed as a key player in preserving the Belmont as a classic cinematic experience for filmgoers, but also cementing its position as a community and educational hub for many years to come.”


Also supporting the project will be industry expert Rob Kenny, whose experience as Curzon Cinema’s Director of Cinema and Operations for more than 15 years, as well as working as a consultant for cinema marketing experts Mustard Studio will undoubtedly revive the once bustling venue.

Speaking about the project, Kenny Said:


“Aberdeen deserves a first-class independent cinema – and I am beyond excited to be part of the talented team bringing this prestigious cinema back to life.”

Plans to revamp the venue include turning the cinema into a cultural space in the heart of the city centre. The refurbished Belmont is set to include a modern café bar, and a community space for engagement and education on the top floor, with a hope that this space can be used to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

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