The Picture House project

Chorlton CLT are working with the Chorlton Coop Cluster, local councillors and others to seek to save the Co-operative Funeral building from demolition. The project is associated with the Stayin’ Alive campaign.

Read the latest updates on the project in our News area.

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Formerly the Gaumont cinema it was once an important social centre for Chorlton, famous for being the place where the Bee Gees had their very first public performance. 

The historic building is at risk of demolition for private residential apartments. Whilst the CLT supports the provision of more homes, especially affordable, in Chorlton, we don’t think having this site all for residential is the best option. A valuable piece of Chorlton’s heritage would vanish in the process and an opportunity for an exciting alternative option would be lost. 

We have a vision for converting the former cinema to a community-owned food, drink, entertainment, recreational and arts market, which would celebrate its unique history as the birthplace of the Bee Gees and its place in the heart of the community. The plans also include a new health centre to deliver much needed capacity for our local GP practice and a long-term goal of creating a car-free public square on Nicolas Road.

We can only do something better with your help. We want everyone to be part of our campaign to achieve community ownership of our community assets and improve access to vital community services and facilities.