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Creating an icon – the Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Project Brief

Elite Systems was commissioned to construct the Royal and Derngate Theatre’s unique cinema – designed by One 17 architects – in 2013.  Four years later, Elite was once again tasked with expanding the space to accommodate a second screen.


Royal & Derngate Northampton




Fareham, Northamptonshire

An external view of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse External shot of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse and sign

Our Approach

In 2013, Elite Systems constructed the 88-seat cinema extension to the existing theatre, with off-site construction providing a fast and efficient solution in a tricky city-centre location.  The steel-framed building was clad in attractive Western Red Cedar to complement the existing theatre.

After 170,000 people streamed through the doors, Elite Systems was tasked with making One 17’s vision for the extension a reality.  Elite undertook the project as a traditional build, constructing a building which sits parallel to the original cinema with a new raised terrace, complete with an outdoor seating area.

The Results

The second phase of the cinema saw Elite Systems working on-site for six months undertaking foundation works, installation of the portal frame, pre-cast concrete tiered floors, SIPS and roofing as well as cladding and internal works. Featuring horizontal Western Red Cedar cladding to blend with the first phase, the new cinema has seating for an additional 83 guests.