The History

Where it all began...

300 Volunteers, 800 members & shareholders.


A Brief History of the Clifton Project

The Clifton Cinema on Bridge Street, Wellington was originally opened as a cinema in January 1937

It closed in 1983, and briefly reopened in 1987 for just 18 months before its final closure in December 1988.

In the 1990’s it became a Dunelm store prior to finally closing its doors in 2012 and has been empty since.

The Clifton Community Arts Centre (CCAC) was established in 2013 with a view to raising awareness and funds to reopen the Clifton building for the benefit of the community. There have been many attempts by CCAC to purchase or lease the building from Dunelm, but to no avail.

Public Consultation

There was a public consultation in October 2017 when finally a developer confirmed that had agreed terms with Dunelm and they were purchasing the site for residential and retail redevelopment.

The CCAC has been extremely successful – have membership of over 800 and a shareholding of £40,000, and a database of 300 volunteers.

What’s Happening Now?

In August 2016 The HSBC Bank closed their branch at 1 Station Road Wellington

The HSBC hold a lease on the property from a charity called the Gosling Foundation Ltd, and have had lease obligations on the property until 2023, therefore they sought to sublease the building. The board approached the letting agent and negotiations are hoped to conclude soon for CCAC to take a 4-year 11 month lease on the building to create a Cinema, Café bar and Community facility.

After lengthy negotiations the lease was finally signed and now we expect a major resurgence of interest, both financial and volunteers.

Hours of Operation

Our hours of operation will be announced nearer to opening, but we expect to be open from morning to evening 7 days a week. 

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