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Developers working on £5million project to convert former Lichfield cinema into apartments say they will ensure building retains character of the city centre

The developers working on a £5million project to convert Lichfield’s former cinema into apartments say they are determined to ensure it retains the character of the city.

An artist's impression of the Old Picture House development
An artist’s impression of the Old Picture House development

The Old Picture House will sit on the site of the former Regal Cinema on Tamworth Street.

The building later became a supermarket and a nightclub before falling into disrepair.

The Regal Cinema during its heyday
The Regal Cinema during its heyday

Much of the building has been demolished already, although the cinema’s facade is being retained and integrated into the new development of 38 apartments.

A spokesperson for contractor QTDS, which is carrying out the work on behalf of Somerton Jones and Lodge Park Homes, said: “Lichfield is known as a beautiful cathedral city, so it is important that the development is in keeping with the local vernacular.

“The surrounding buildings to these new apartments are grade two listed and the building will be keeping its façade.”

The development will also include retail space and covered car parking.

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1 Comment

  1. Philip Allso

    26th February, 2019 at 11:16 am

    It is nice that the facade of the building is being retained, but a certain irony that a city that is expanding its housing at a greater rate than at any time in its history (this being part of that) is doing little about its infrastructure and facilities. We have been crying out for a cinema for many years. Friersgate was supposed to offer a possible solution. NO! Let’s have some more houses. I am all for development in a controlled way with balance. This is not the way. With all the new population it would probably be a success in its original purpose.

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