Rye based Jonathan Dunn Architects have won a major award for their work on the new Kino Cinema at Lion Street.
It is a major boost for the cinema which only opened its doors in January. It also won the main Townscape Award from Rye Conservation Society on Friday April 24.
Jonathan Dunn, who have a business at Landgate, won the prestigious South East Award for best project from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
It was drawn from a shortlist of 16 projects from 42 entries.
Jules Triggs, practice manager for the architects, said: “We are delighted to receive the award.
“In the heart of Rye’s Citadel, a highly protected conservation area, the site was difficult to access.
“The intention was to re-use as much of the existing building remove the remodelled 1950’s elements, strategically using openings that had been formed previously.
The cinema project was instigated by a local community group Fletcher in Rye CIC who have worked with Kino Digital and the architects to bring a full-time cinema for the first time since 1979.
It is based on part of the old Rye Library and adult education centre site at Lion Street.
The site was in danger of being lost from public use when owners Hastings College sought planning permission for a new housing development.
This was refused by Rother Council and Fletcher in Rye joined forces with St Mary’s Church to acquire the site.
Hugh Kermode, from Fletcher in Rye, said: “Since opening in January, the cinema has become the entertainment and leisure hub in the historic town.”
He added: “A Regional Award is not the endof the story, as Kino Rye goes into the pot for The Stirling Prize - the most prestigious architectural award in the country.”
James Robinson, RIBA Regional Director said: “There was a fantastically high standard of entry to the RIBA Awards this year.”