ARCHITECTS are currently working on a third proposal for the fire-stricken Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis.
Rumour circulated the town this week that the owners of the cinema, which burnt down two years ago, were intending to sell the site and not re-open it as a cinema.
Several residents took to social media to express their hope that the site would not be sold for alternative development, such as holiday flats.
Owners WTW – Scott Cinemas have now confirmed they are not intending to sell the site, adding: “We are doing everything we can to get the cinema back into Lyme Regis, and as soon as our proposal is accepted we will start the rebuild.”
In January, WTW – Scott Cinemas reported that work was continuing behind the scenes for the rebuild of the Regent. It said that the first proposal to rebuild the cinema did not meet the required design or financial criteria and a second proposal was at the “in principle” consultation stage with county planners and English Heritage.
In a statement released on social media this week, it was revealed that the company now has architects working on a third proposal for the Regent.
The grade II listed cinema in Broad Street closed after a major fire in March 2016, which saw the auditorium completely destroyed. However, thanks to the installation of new fire doors during a refurbishment that had just been completed, the Art Deco frontage of the building was left largely unscathed.
The Regent was then owned by Banstaple-based cinema chain Scott Cinemas, which merged with Cornwall-based WTW in April 2017 to form WTW – Scott Cinemas.