Regent Cinema rebuild proposal in ‘consultation stage’

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

A PROPOSAL to rebuild the Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis is in the consultation stage.

The Regent Cinema closed in March 2016 after a fire ripped through the building. The auditorium was completely destroyed but the Art Deco frontage fortunately suffered little damage.

Owners Scott Cinemas vowed that it would rebuild the attraction but it has since remained largely untouched.

The company merged with Cornwall-based cinema chain WTW in April 2017.

Giving their latest update on the Regent, a spokesperson for the newly-merged company, WTW – Scott Cinemas Ltd, commented: “Work continues behind the scenes to prepare for a cinema rebuild in Lyme Regis. WTW – Scott Cinemas are actively engaged in finding the best means of bringing cinema back to the town.

Some delay

“Regrettably there has been some delay due to the first proposed scheme not meeting the required design or financial criteria. A different proposal is now under consideration and this is at the ‘in principle’ consultation stage with the county planners and with English Heritage.

“Lyme Regis Town Council has been kept informed of developments and we would like to thank them for their interest, support and valued opinion.

“Scott Cinemas and WTW Cinemas joined forces in April 2017 to become partner companies. The directors board across both companies are aligned in their thinking, and all wish to complete a rebuild scheme of the Regent.

“As with all cinema developments, the scheme must be viable in terms of design, build and finance.”

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