Proposal for extra screen to be revealed

FORMAL plans to extend the Picturedrome cinema in Bognor Regis should soon be revealed.

The town council is close to submitting a planning application for the scheme to house an extra screen behind the Canada Grove building.

Cllr Roger Nash (L, Pevensey) said on Monday: “I believe early in the new year we will undertake the final decision whether to go ahead and, in the meantime, a planning application will be made. I’m hoping for a successful outcome.”

He said the council’s architect had held several meetings with Arun District Council to find an acceptable design.

“There seems to be a good deal of agreement about what will be suitable,” said Cllr Nash, the chairman of the town council’s policy and resources committee.

He hoped it was still possible the final scheme would be for the original two-storey proposal to include a community room as well as the additional screen.

Cllr Jim Brooks (I, Marine), said: “I look forward to us submitting the application, whether it’s for one or two storeys. Let’s hope this moves ahead as quickly as possible.”

As reported, the town council – which owns the Grade II listed cinema – wants to build the extension to provide an extra auditorium to help the Picturedrome better compete against a rival multiplex.

Initial plans for a two-storey extension were reduced because of the potential cost.

Cinema operator Adam Cunard, of the Picturedrome Electric Theatre Company, is separately converting a room in the cinema’s tower into a screen with 45-seats.

When both schemes are finished, they will give the cinema four screens against the current two.