The renovations have been carried out by skilled craftsmen and trades people who are part of the Mars Hill Church and work has been financed by donations from those who attend Mars Hill Church regularly.
#8220;The aims are to restore and protect the historic fabric of the building. None of the exterior will be touched and inside we hope to preserve the historic fabric and bring this building back to life.#8221;
Originally built as the Assembly Hall in 1825, the Riviera became the first venue in the town to show films, before closing in March 2000.
As part of the renovations, the Mars Hill Church plan to bring the restaurant back to a 1930s art deco style, while the auditorium/cinema will remain as much as possible as it stands now, but will be re-wired for sound and stage lighting with the view to hold theatre productions, and in time, installing a new screen for the use as a cinema as well.