ALMOST three years after a fire devastated the building, owners of the Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis are still “actively engaged” in a potential rebuild scheme.
A huge fire engulfed the cinema on March 22 2016, completely destroying the auditorium but luckily leaving the Art Deco frontage of the building largely intact.
Owners Scott Cinemas have since merged with Cornwall-based cinema chain WTW and the company is now working in its fourth set of design proposals for the Regent.
WTW-Scott Cinemas has not released an update on the Regent for several months, but members of the Lyme Regis Society – which aims to protect the natural and architectural beauty of the town – received the latest news in their regular newsletter.
The newsletter read: “The WTW-Scott Cinema group is still actively engaged in a potential rebuild scheme for the Regent cinema. The WTW-Scott group is currently working on the fourth set of design proposals, to achieve a situation where the rebuild scheme is both financially and architecturally viable.
“Local authorities have not yet been consulted as the Scott group wish to present a viable, workable scheme for discussion, and they look forward to working with both Local Authorities and Historic England to progress the build.
“New build cinemas are architecturally complicated, and as the Lyme Regis venue is a listed building it presents its own unique challenges, all of which may add significantly to any build schedule.
“Contrary to rumours, the WTW-Scott group have not sold the site and Scott Cinemas’ recent partnership with WTW Cinemas has helped solidify design aspirations for Lyme Regis, and the group’s desire to offer cinema-goers an increasing range of venues the South West.”