Actor Clive Owen at Electric Palace celebration

Movie star Clive Owen sees Electric Palace off the at-risk list

Movie star Clive Owen sees Electric Palace off the at-risk list

First published in News

HOLLYWOOD star Clive Owen joined the celebrations as Harwich’s historic Electric Palace cinema officially came off the English Heritage Buildings at Risk register.

Owen, who became a patron at the Electric Palace when he moved to the area three years ago, described it as a beautiful cinema which had to be cherished.

The 98-year-old King’s Quay Street building, one of the UK’s oldest working cinemas, needed £85,000 of restoration work and an appeal was launched in 2006.

Speaking yesterday at a ceremony to mark the completion of work and the cinema’s removal from the Buildings of Risk Register, he said: “I adore this place. I love coming here. A beautiful cinema like this has to be cherished.”

He added that he was delighted to be asked to become a patron three years ago.

He said: “I thought it was a wonderful place. My kids love it.”

Flooring has been replaced and metal beams added to strengthen the building’s structure.

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