Regent Cinema campaign group to close after site sold to local developer

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

THE Save Lyme Regis Cinema campaign group will close this week after it was announced that the Regent Cinema has been purchased by a local developer.

The campaign group was launched alongside an online petition in June, calling for action to be taken at the Regent, which has stood empty and dilapidated since a fire destroyed the auditorium five years ago.

Members of the campaign group hoped to raise funds to eventually rebuild and run the cinema as a community asset.

However, owners WTW Scott Cinemas announced earlier this month that they had sold the Regent to a local developer who intended to retain a cinema on the site.

Mark Howarth, who launched the Save Lyme Regis Cinema group on Facebook, commented: “The new owner of the cinema site has contacted us and the good news is he is a local businessman who has an emotional attachment to Lyme Regis and is going to explore all options to ensure that a viable and profitable business will be developed in the future.

“He has asked us to respect his privacy and at this point does not want to be named. I am so pleased that the site has been retained by a local resident and not a large city investor.”

Mr Howarth said he will now be closing his campaign group on August 25, adding: “Thank you to everyone who has provided positive support and help on this journey.”

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