A BUSINESSWOMAN has revealed plans to turn a failed nightclub into Sunderland’s premier music venue.
Last month, a forfeiture notice was placed on the doors of The Point in Sunderland by Parkinson Bailiff Services Limited.
But now the complex, on the site of the former ABC cinema in Holmeside, has been bailed out by Sunderland woman Lorraine Griffiths.
The Point was home to Arizona and Purple Bar and the Union nightclub.
The club, which was previously owned by South Shields-based Amazing Leisure, was closed earlier this month, but now is set to open its doors again – creating around 40 jobs.
Lorraine, who is married to former Glass Spider boss Tony Griffiths, plans to transform the main nightclub into a music venue similar to Newcastle’s O2 Academy.
She also hopes to change the Purple Bar into a new-look bar and restaurant.
While the plans are under way, the venue is playing host to a regular themed party night, with live entertainment. Lorraine said: “We are going to have the venue open from 7pm to 11pm with tribute acts and a whole variety of performances. Then, after 11pm, it will revert to being a nightclub so it will be a destination venue for the whole night.”
Lorraine, who also runs Chaplins in the city centre, added: “The Stadium of Light does a fantastic job bringing massive international names to Sunderland, but what we also need is a venue which can host bands with medium-sized crowds.
“We know that many of our customers go to Durham or Newcastle to see bands and we want them to come to Sunderland and bring business here, so we hope we can get the backing of business in the city.”
The Point opened in 2005 after a £5million revamp and also underwent a £2million refurbishment by its former owners last year.