Berwick Barracks to be turned into cinema during Malting's renovation

18.05.23 Berwick Barracks Entrance Credit: English Heritage
Berwick's Grade 1 listed barracks dating back to 1721 will house a 96-seat cinema in its Mob Store before becoming an archive facility. Credit: English Heritage

One of England's first-purpose built barracks will be transformed into a 96-seat cinema.

That's after North Northumberland Local Area Council approved the plans.

Berwick Barrack's Mob Store housed military equipment in the early 20th Century but will soon become the go-to place to watch all the latest movies.

It's a temporary move to ensure cultural events continue in the region while the Maltings Theatre undergoes its multi-million pound renovation.

It is hoped the Living Barracks Project will transform the location into a flagship tourist attraction. Credit: English Heritage

Councillor Jeff Watson, Cabinet Member, with responsibility for arts at Northumberland County Council, said: “These are exciting times for Berwick, with the Living Barracks project and transformation of the Maltings theatre."Berwick Barracks are Grade I Listed buildings and are amongst the first purpose-built barracks in England, completed in 1721.

When the new Maltings is completed, the Mob Store will be adapted into an archive facility.

Scott Sherrard, chair of trustees, Maltings (Berwick) Trust, said: "This launches the long-awaited revitalisation of the Barracks as a flagship visitor attraction for the town. The Maltings redevelopment will galvanise Berwick’s cultural and economic regeneration, spearheading a series of projects with Lottery, local and national government backing.

"We appreciate that these developments will bring some unavoidable upheaval in the short term. But together they will create new opportunities for Berwick, bringing fresh energy and vitality to the town centre.

"Throughout the process, The Maltings will find new ways to showcase and celebrate the creative talents and interests of all our local communities because it’s our passionate belief that shared entertainment makes lives better.” 

The Maltings multi-million pound transformation along with Berwick Barracks' archive facility are set to become visitor attractions. Credit: NCC

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