Repurposing GLOBE cinema part of wider plan to make area a gem of Bridgetown
A multiple Grammy, Oscar and Academy-winning composer could revive the iconic Globe Cinema, more than three years after the theatre screened its final film and went on the real estate market.
Howard Shore, who has composed scores for over 80 films, notably the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, told Barbados TODAY he was “looking for ways to save the theatre”.
Shore confirmed his interest in repurposing the property after visiting the Roebuck Street, St Michael location over the weekend.
Accompanied by prominent attorney-at-law and built heritage advocate Sir Trevor Carmichael, as well as the owner of the Palace Theater in Hawaii, Cheryl Moore, Shore got a tour of the cinema that closed on December 31, 2011.
“I have an interest in Barbados’ heritage, having lived in between New York and Barbados over the past 20 years. Sir Trevor’s work in this area is very important. We came . . . to look at this theatre, hopefully to revive it for Roebuck Street and make it a part of the community. We are looking for ways to save the theatre,” the celebrated Canadian composer said.
“We are discussing the project. We just had a preliminary kind of meeting just looking at it and trying to think how to repurpose it and how it can come back to life. I am thinking about bringing the cinema back to life, even beyond entertainment.”
Shore did not say whether he intended to make an offer on the cinema which is still up for sale.
Efforts to reach the cinema’s owners were unsucessful, but they had previously indicated they wanted about $4 million for the property.
Sir Trevor also disclosed that a group of patriotic Barbadians recently registered the Roebuck Street Development Trust that will be seeking to rejuvenate the entire Roebuck Street area and make it “the gem of Bridgetown”.
The members are Sir Trevor, retired civil servant Charles Holder, realtor Paul Altman, Geoffrey Ramsey, surveyor Lloyd Powlett and attorney-at-law Angela Robinson. Sir Trevor said they would be hoping to recapture Roebuck Street’s glory and “make it something of which we can be proud”.
“There are certain iconic buildings there, such as the Globe Cinema, which many people will remember going and visiting and enjoying movies. We are looking at how properties like these can be reutilized, refashioned and used effectively,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“All of the buildings and things surrounding Roebuck Street will not go unnoticed . . . We think that in another three years you will not be able to recognize Roebuck Street.”
Pointing out the historical significance of the area, the heritage advocate pointed out that it was where Barbados’ first Parliament sat, just a few yards away from the synagogue; and was the headquarters of the Barbados Labour Party and the Calvary Moravian Church.
“Roebuck Street was the centre of economic activity and if you look at the way the buildings are structured and configured you can still feel that sense of commerce, that sense of Barbadian entrepreneurship, coming through those walls and that wood,” Sir Trevor said.
“We plan to make sure that this is recaptured, reinvigorated, and that our young people can be proud of it and have something to emulate.”