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Should we finally get the popcorn ready for a cinema Kentish Town?

Long-awaited project at old Pizza Expres building could be finished this time next year

13 March, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

THE distinctive crescent windows are recognisable for anybody who walks past, but here is a rare glimpse of what is going on behind the walls of a local landmark in Kentish Town.

While film fans remain suspicious about whether the former North London Polytechnic building on the corner of Prince of Wales Road will ever become a long-promised new cinema, a developer is insistent the big screen dream will become a reality.

Work behind the scenes at the new cinema

This week a new interior steel frame was put in place by King’s Cross-based engineers SD Structures, and new concrete floors are set to be cast before the end of the month. Property firm Vabel bought the building – a former Pizza Express – last year and vowed to see through the idea of a cinema on the ground floor.

The company’s development manager Tom Piggott told the New Journal: “We are broadly saying the end of the project will be this time next year. Ground works are about 95 per cent complete. We plan to be topping the building out by May and making it water tight.”

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