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.