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Worthing Dome & Regeneration Trust Limited



The historic Dome Cinema closed in July 2005 to undergo a £2.3m refurbishment. This was made possible by one of the largest grants in Sussex, from The Heritage Lottery Fund, of £1.654m being awarded to the Worthing Dome & Regeneration Trust Ltd. English Heritage also endorsed the project by contributing £250k.
English Heritage lists buildings to protect them from being wantonly destroyed and altered. Its grade II* listing ensures that all the historic features in the Dome remain. The trust is dedicated to conservation and has produced a photographic record, which recorded all the areas within the building, to guarantee its preservation during and after refurbishment. This can be viewed at Worthing Central Reference Library.
The Dome was purchased in 1999 from Worthing Borough Council. During the intervening years before 2005, the trust refurbished certain parts of the building, which contributed towards the overall Heritage Lottery Fund project. The stylish Projectionist’s Bar opened in 2000, followed by the Electric Theatre, screen 2, in 2002 and the magnificent Dome function rooms in 2003.
However the main body of the works was completed in 2005-2006. A new roof of Welsh slate, a completely new façade and terrace, and the upgrading of services to include a lift are just some of the improvements. The grants and funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund has allowed the Trust to breathe life back into this unique building.
Although the trust still retains the freehold of the Dome, three separate businesses now operate within the building. The cinema, run by PDJ Cinemas Ltd, opened in July 2007. The refurbishment has not altered the appearance of the main auditorium or the magnificent foyer, the passage of time still remains firmly stamped on the interior. The re upholstered seats, magnificent red foyer carpet and aroma of popcorn from the 1950’s refreshment island, enhance a unique cinema experience.
Alfresco runs the catering business, which includes a café on the ground floor. The splendid function rooms are available for weddings, parties and conferences and patrons can enjoy wonderful sea views from the front terrace and the Dome tower.
The Tourist Information Centre will be relocating to the left hand shop unit in the Spring of 2011.
For further details go to the contact us webpage.


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