It was only a joke! April Fool posted outside cinema

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The April Fool’s Day joke was posted outside the Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis on Sunday. Photo by Michael Stainer

AN April Fool’s Day joke had Facebook users in a fluster this weekend. 

A fake planning notice was pinned to the telephone box outside the fire-stricken Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis, saying the building would be replaced with 18 holiday apartments, a Starbucks, KFC and Wetherspoons.

Local barman Matt Puddy took a photo of the notice and posted it on Facebook, where social media users were quick to react.

Several expressed their dismay at the fake plans before cottoning on to the April Fool.

The auditorium of the Regent Cinema in Broad Street was completely destroyed by fire two years ago, and residents are keen to see the attraction rebuilt and re-opened.

Owners WTW-Scott Cinemas have said they are still committed to rebuilding the venue, and architects are currently working on their third proposal for the site.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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