FILM-GOERS in Bognor Regis could be enjoying a third screen by next Easter.
Picturedrome Cinema operator Adam Cunard has sought listed building consent for the extra auditorium in the historic venue.
He wants to install 45 seats and a big screen in a first-floor space which is currently redundant.
Mr Cunard, the managing director of Picturedrome Electric Theatre Company, said: “I would like to have the new screen open by Easter and I definitely want it to be showing films by next summer.
“It will cost £50,000-60,000 to carry out the work. Most of that will be on the digital projector and the surround sound which I will be installing.
“Having the extra screen will make a real difference. It will give me much more flexibility in the programme I can offer.
“It could mean having two new films a week instead of the one which is all I can take at present.
“It will also mean I can move films which are less popular from the bigger screens to enable them to be used for other films.”
The additional screen will match the existing two by showing live theatre and opera productions. Its seats will be stepped and identical to the ones currently used in the town council-owned building.
Arun District Council will consider Mr Cunard’s request for consent in the context of its effect on the historic fabric of the Grade II listed cinema building.
Mr Cunard’s planning agent, architect David Bennett, says in the application: “The proposal involves internal works only to the large octagonal room at first floor, most recently used as part of a residential use.
“The historical records do not indicate the original intended use of the space. But the room retains many of the original building’s features dating from its construction in 1885.”
These features will be unaffected by the works, he adds. The existing stairs will be used to reach the proposed screen.