Redcar: What’s Going On?

The Big Screen

You’ve probably heard about the major changes that are underway on the Redcar seafront. The landmark Regent Cinema has been demolished to make way for a shiny new one. Structural issues with the old building meant that it had reached the end of its life and needed to be replaced entirely.

The new Regent Cinema will celebrate the history of the previous building by incorporating a vibrant 1920s art deco-style frontage. Think vertical lines and bold signage with accents of red and bronze.

Here are some of the exciting features we can expect to see when the project is complete:

● 3 screens with a mixed number of seats (30-40, 50-60, 90-100) to cater to different audience sizes

● An events space that can be hired for functions such as birthdays and other celebrations

● A licensed cafe/bar with panoramic sea views to boot

● A sheltered terrace that can be used all year round

● A kiosk that serves ice cream

We’ll be getting our tickets!

The Small Screen

‘Briefs’ is a Redcar-based sitcom about the chaotic and comical antics at a high-street legal practice. Filming is to resume after being postponed earlier this year due to Covid-19.

Various locations have been used for the programme, including the beach and South Gare. It has been written by Teresa Taylor – a former Rye Hills student, no less! Teresa is an actress, writer and qualified barrister, and we hope to see this on our screens soon.

Be Our Guest

In case you missed it, Redcar and Cleveland Council have secured a further £750,000 towards plans for a new hotel and leisure scheme. The grant means that the demolition of the former R-Kade skate park will go ahead sooner than expected to allow for the preparation of the Majuba Road site.

The currently unnamed hotel operator could be spending £6m of its own money on the development and as it stands, the timescale for negotiations are still on track.

There has already been around £800,000 allocated towards the scheme. The plans include a 42-bed hotel and crazy golf. It could really help to boost the area and build upon the tourism offering.

The town also has the potential to secure up to £25m of the £3.6bn Towns Fund. Brilliant news for Redcar!

It’s a big time for the town. What local events are you most looking forward to?