CADS Announce new bar, Xmas market and football screenings at Abbeydale Picture House

Following the announcement of a new campaign to #SaveTheAbbeydalePH, the CADS team are launching a new bar and Christmas Market at the Abbeydale Picture House

The CADS team have faced a challenging year in their project to restore the Abbeydale Picture House and ensure it becomes a valued community asset for the people of Sheffield. A dispute with their landlord over roofing repairs led to an unexpected eviction in May. They regained access to the building in June and whilst they still only have limited use of the Picture House, they have launched a new bar which opens every weekend from 1st Dec, revealed details of a Christmas market on Sunday 11th Dec and will be hosting screenings of England matches during the World Cup.

A recent breath-taking drone video of the building showed ‘The Flytower’, this space has been in constant use since CADS regained access to the building. On Dec 8th The Flytower will play host to an eight-piece ensemble from visionary Scottish composer and producer, Andrew Wasylyk. Andrew has created an epic sonic journey inspired by the perpetual white noise of the local spaces we call home, showcasing the musical personalities of familiar spaces.

The new bar will feature drinks from 5 -10pm on Thursday, up to 10pm on Fri and 12 midnight on Saturdays. Food will also be available on Friday and Saturday – a perfect spot for anyone looking for a Christmas party space. The Xmas market is on Sunday 11th Dec and will include craft stalls in the Fly Tower, a bar run in partnership with the nearby Abbeydale Brewery, plus DJs, mulled wine and mince pies – the perfect combo!

As if that wasn’t enough, beginning on Tues 29th Nov with England vs Wales the Abbeydale Picture House will also be screening all forthcoming England games in the World Cup.

The CADS team are inviting the public to get involved by making use of these spaces. They need volunteers, event organisers, social groups and anyone with some bright ideas and desire to support this amazing building. Please get in touch with CADS via their website or social media pages with your suggestions.

Steve Rimmer from CADS said:

‘With the main Theatre auditorium still out of action due to the still unresolved dispute with the landlord over roofing repairs, the team have decided to press other parts of this historic site into public use. This is intended to raise some much needed capital to assist in the fight to save this important cultural landmark but also to introduce you to some of the many possibilities it can offer and invite public participation in curating, performing or just getting involved! Aside from the ‘Fly Tower’ which has and is being used for film screenings, talks and small scale performances, we have a charming ground floor bar available. They are both receiving some renovation and will open very soon for a series of pop up bar events, Christmas parties and will be available for private hire on request. Later in November before we open fully we’ll be inviting you all to come and have a look around, have a drink and we’ll be available to chat if you think you can help Save The Abbeydale PH in any way, great or small! Keep your eye out, dates will be announced soon!’

The public are encouraged to get in contact with CADS with any enquiries around making use of the space – info@cads-online.org or via social media /





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