The Picture House is a beautiful slice of history right in the heart of Manchester

The Co-operative Group is planning to sell the funeralcare site on Manchester Road but has given us a chance to save the building from demolition.  

Chorlton Community Land Trust has submitted a community-led proposal with a developer to save the historic former cinema, which was the scene of the Bee Gees first ever live performance, from demolition. By raising investment directly from the community and partnering with a developer who shares our vision for the building, we want to give it a new lease of life as the heart of Chorlton and its community. 

Our plans include: 

  • An art, music, film and performance space that celebrates the building's history and the Bee Gee legacy

  • Showcasing food & drink from Chorlton's diverse and distinctive traders

  • A new public square for markets, gatherings and civic events

  • A potential new community health centre for Chorlton Family Practice

  • A community co-working office and meeting space 

  • A community gym to promote health and wellbeing

Following our initial bid, The Co-operative Group has given us until June 2020 to firm up our plans for the site. By raising as much investment as possible directly from the local community, local businesses and Bee Gees fans across the globe, we can significantly increase our say over the use of the building. And with a developer on board, we can hopefully reach the £2.2m purchase price that Co-op requires. 

© 2019 Brought to you by Chorlton Community Land Trust 

Registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 as a
Community Benefit Society Registration No 8102

Site designed and built by Commonly

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Pledge Progress

How the transformed space could look

Visual by Editional Studio