Belmont Cinema Aberdeen building renewal

Belmont Cinema Aberdeen building design news, North east Scotland independent picturehouse reopening

Belmont Cinema Aberdeen building news

12 February 2024

Location: Aberdeen, Northeast Scotland

Design: TINTO Architecture and Interior Design

TINTO selected as lead architects on Aberdeen cinema regeneration scheme

Belmont Cinema Aberdeen building renewal

The team behind plans to reopen the Belmont Cinema have appointed Aberdeen-based Architecture and Interiors firm, TINTO as the architects to help breathe new life into the city’s iconic, independent picturehouse.

Belmont Community Cinema Ltd were selected by Aberdeen City Council as the preferred operators for the Belmont in September 2023. The charity worked with TINTO on initial concept designs as part of their successful proposal, and the team are delighted to continue that partnership by officially awarding the contract to re-design the cinema for a new audience.

Jacob Campbell, Trustee of Belmont Community Cinema Ltd. said:

“We have been very impressed with the TINTO team over the past few months we have worked together: they have demonstrated a similar passion for the project, shown a deep-rooted understanding of the significance of the Belmont, its place within Aberdeen, and the steps required to preserve its future, whilst honouring its past.”

Belmont Cinema Aberdeen building renewal basement

Richard Tinto, Founder and CEO of TINTO Architecture said that the award of this particular contract is gratifying on several levels:

“The Belmont Cinema has a hugely important role to play in nurturing and sustaining the cultural heartbeat of Aberdeen, as part of a campaign to regenerate the city centre while retaining its heritage. As a proud Aberdonian, I’m thrilled that TINTO has been appointed as a key player in preserving the Belmont as a classic cinematic experience for filmgoers, but also cementing its position as a community and educational hub for many years to come.

“Places like this, where people come together, are fundamental. We want people to be able to happily spend a day in town, and this can be a huge part of that.”

Richard explained that he and his team are keen to capture something of the golden age of cinema:

“We want to be quite consistent in the theme, recognising that cinematic experience that came in its golden age, when everyone went to the pictures. This has been a cinema on and off for 100 years, it will be a celebration of that – and of cinema itself.”

He added: ““Being awarded such a specialist project is testament to the skills, expertise and track record of the entire TINTO team in delivering unique, highly specialist cultural projects such as this. We passionately believe that our job as architects and designers is to create places and spaces which enhance the lives of the people who use and inhabit them, and respond sensitively to their cultural, social and environmental settings. The Belmont Cinema project is an opportunity for us to showcase these values in the process of reviving a much-loved, high-profile venue.”

In addition to TINTO, the team have also appointed industry expert Rob Kenny to project manage the refurbishment. Kenny brings extensive cinema outfit experience to the project. Having been Curzon Cinema’s Director of Cinema and Operations for 15 years, he now works as a consultant for Mustard Studio.

Belmont Cinema Aberdeen building screen

Rob Kenny said: “Aberdeen deserves a first-class independent cinema – and I am beyond excited to be part of the talented team bringing this prestigious cinema back to life.”

Providing a cultural space within the city centre, the refurbished Belmont Cinema will showcase the very best in independent and world cinema, a new look cafe bar, and a modern community engagement/education space on the top floor to support the next generation of filmmakers.

Dallas King, Trustee of Belmont Community Cinema Ltd, said:

“We are excited to be working closely with Richard, the TINTO team, and Rob over the coming months to realise our vision of reopening the Belmont Cinema and making it the destination for film in Aberdeen and the North-East.”

Visualisation images:

  • Basement Bar – Looking towards the statement bar
  • Cafe View – Comfortable seating with a view of the cafe bar
  • Cinema – Refreshed with a nostalgic feel

Belmont Community Cinema Ltd is the immediate successor to the ‘Save The Belmont Cinema’ campaign. Our aim is to put film, education, community, and customer experience at the heart of a newly reinvigorated and sustainable operation at the Belmont.

About TINTO

At TINTO, we combine distinct architecture, interior design and project management services to ensure creativity, clarity and certainty — from the initial brief stages to completion and handover.

The Belmont Cinema: http://www.belmontcinema.co.uk

TINTO Architecture: https://www.tintoarchitecture.co.uk/

Mustard Studio: https://www.mustardstudio.co.uk

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