In September 2018 Hope Church purchased the former Odeon cinema in the centre of Ipswich. The 5-screen cinema, built in the early 90s, is an iconic building in the town and has stood empty since 2005. We have plans to transform it into the Hope Centre, giving considerable room for us to grow as a church community and to grow the many and varied ministries that are serving our town.
Here are some answers to questions that you may have:
We are aiming to make a full move from the Orwell Centre to the Hope Centre in 2020. Some further refurbishment may still take place in the years to come after we've moved in order to make the centre an excellent community hub.
The centre will accommodate the following features.
- A 700-seater auditorium.
- A smaller 175 seater auditorium which would function as a multi-use room.
- Several smaller multi-use rooms.
- Multiple offices for Hope Church staff and others.
- A cafe open to the general public.
You can check out the proposed floor plans for the redevelopment below.
As a church we are giving into "Journey Offerings" twice a year. We had a big offering in September 2019 and our next one will be in March 2020. We would welcome investment in this in advance of March - please do so via our giving page and reference Journey Offering in your online gift. If you wish to make a no-interest loan, please contact us at the nearest opportunity. We are also seeking to raise significant funds through the sale of our current premises on Fore Hamlet as well as through grant funding.
Below are the proposed floor plans for the redevelopment of the new building. These plans are not finalised in any way yet, but hopefully will give an idea how how the space in the building can be used. Click on the images below to view each floor.