The Showroom & The Workstation - Paternoster Row, Sheffield


Date Built
Paternoster Row
The Showroom Cinema and the Workstation Creative Centre occupy this Art Deco former Kennings Garage and Showroom.  Prior to its conversion the 1930s building was apparently in a dilapidated state and earmarked for demolition.  The conversion of the building created one of the largest independent cinemas in Europe with four auditoriums.  The rest of the building is occupied by the Workstation that provides office and work spaces to companies involved in the creative industry.  The building has retained many of its Art Deco features.

There are plans to unite the Showroom and the Workstation thereby creating a new public festival space at the gateway to the city.  The architectural practice of Carmody Groake has been selected to design the new building.  The architect says of the project that it will provide, " ... public spaces, including a new entrance for all building users and enlarged bar, sit in-between cinema and office and increase the active street frontage at ground level." They add that, " These and habitable roof terraces reinforce the Festival Centre's public nature."

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