Cinema chief to step down after 15 years at the helm

Steve Mapp

The chief executive of Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema is to retire after 33 years at the arts venue – 15 of which have been spent in the hot seat.

Steve Mapp joined the independent cinema in 1990, initially taking charge of its finances before being made CEO in 2007.

Throughout his tenure Mapp helped to raise more than £9m of Arts Council and European capital investment and oversaw the addition of three new screens, two café bars and a host of workspaces and exhibition facilities at Broadway.

The cinema also took on a lead role for the BFI’s Film Hub Midlands under Mapp’s stewardship, making it a driving force for culture in the region.

He will officially retire from the post in April 2023.

The cinema says it has begun the process of finding a successor.

Mapp said: “I’ve never forgotten the excitement of welcoming our first customers when we opened and it’s still a thrill to see so many people enjoying what Broadway offers. It’s been a total pleasure to work with such a committed and passionate team around me and Broadway has a bright and exciting future ahead.”

Paul Southby, Broadway’s current chair, added: “Steve has worked at Broadway since day one and has played a pivotal role in the development of the Broadway site and Broadway’s offering over many years. He is to be thanked and congratulated for his role in making Broadway the brilliant and successful place that it is today, and for negotiating a path through the last few difficult years with distinction.

“He will be sorely missed but I look forward to working with our board and major stakeholders to recruit a successor over the coming months. This is a pivotal time for Broadway, but I have every confidence that we can build successfully on Steve’s legacy and take Broadway forward with confidence.”