Regent Cinema owners still working on viable rebuild scheme

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The Regent Cinema auditorium was completely destroyed by fire in March 2016 and later demolished

OWNERS of the fire-stricken Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis have released a new statement saying they are continuing to work on a rebuild scheme that is “both financially and architecturally” viable.

The Regent Cinema has been closed since March 2016 after a major fire ripped through the auditorium.

The Art Deco cinema was then owned by Scott Cinemas, based in Barnstaple, which has since merged with Cornwall-based WTW Cinemas.

In an official statement released this week – its first in over a year – the newly-merged company said: “WTW-Scott Cinema group is still actively engaged in a potential rebuild scheme for the Lyme Regis cinema.

“We’re currently working on our fourth set of design proposals, from which we need to reach the point where the rebuild scheme is both financially and architecturally viable.

“At present, we have not consulted with local authorities as there is little point in wasting everybody’s time presenting a scheme design that isn’t viable.

“New build cinemas are architecturally very complicated, and the Lyme Regis venue being a listed building presents challenges to overcome, all of which add significantly to any build schedule.

“Once we have a viable, workable scheme, we look forward to working with the local authority and Historic England to progress this.

“Contrary to rumours, we have not sold the site and Scott Cinemas recent partnership with WTW Cinemas has only helped solidify our design aspirations for Lyme Regis, and our continued expansion in the South West.”

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