FIVE South West cinemas owned by WTW-Scott Cinemas – the same company that owns Lyme Regis’ fire stricken Regent Cinema – have each received £46,135 in government funding.
The WTW-Scott Cinemas in Sidmouth, Exmouth, Newton Abbot, Bridgewater and Bristol were among 10 independent cinemas to receive a total of £469,954 as part of the latest round of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund to help the cultural sector get back on its feet after the coronavirus pandemic.
The second round of the £1.57 billion fund has seen 2,700 organisations across the country being offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans.
Meanwhile, the Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis recently passed its fifth anniversary of standing empty and dilapidated after it was gutted by a fire in March 2016.
No official statement on the progress of the cinema rebuild has been released from owners WTW-Scott Cinemas since August 2019, when it was suggested that the cinema could be rebuilt with two high-quality apartments to offset the costs.
The statement said: “At this stage, we continue to work on designs for a potential rebuild of the cinema in Lyme Regis.
“Given the building’s listed status, the high costs of construction and the relatively low potential turnover of a single screen cinema in the area, any such rebuild has to be both architecturally and financially viable.
“We recently briefed the local authority on a range of design options and our current position, one option of which was a reinstated single-screen cinema with two high-quality apartments at the rear to offset the extremely high build costs.
“We continue to explore this, and other options.”