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A group of local film enthusiasts are hoping to breathe new life into Lichfield’s old cinema.
A meeting on May 23 has been organised for residents to discuss what the future could hold for the former Regal building.
Since the closure of the cinema on Tamworth Street, the building has been used to house a Kwik Save supermarket and plans had been drawn up to convert the property into a hotel.
But the planning application behind that scheme has since been withdrawn.
Anna Coley, who is one of those behind the new group, said the building “deserves to be used and loved by its community for the purpose it was intended”.
She added: “It seems that many community projects like this are starting to find success in many places, so why shouldn’t Lichfield?
“At the meeting we will be discussing options such as the community right to bid, social enterprises and community cinema. There will also be discussion about possible funding and ways in which we can get other organisations on board.”
The meeting will take place at The Spark Cafe Bar at 6pm and will be open to all interested parties.
“It seems to time is right to consider our options,” Anna said. “We are meeting to discuss any ideas.
“For example, there are other communities who have managed to get their cinemas restored, for example in Evesham.
“Another great example of the kind of potential the Regal could have is the success of the restored Electric cinema in Birmingham.”
For more details visit the Restore the Regal Cinema Facebook group.