133-year-old hall in Kingsholm is set to become a cinema
MORE than 10,000 people every year could visit a new cinema in Kingsholm.
Plans have been submitted to Gloucester City Council to transform the 133 year-old Christadelphian Hall, in Sherborne Street, into a mecca for film buffs.
The man behind the scheme, Mark Cunningham, believes it will attract up to 15,000 people every year.
He said: "I will concentrate on showing good quality family and period drama films, usually five to eight weeks after national release date.
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"This policy should generate annual admissions in the region of 10,000 to 15,000."
This wouldn't be Mr Cunningham's first venture into the field, as 15 years ago he restored and re-opened the Palace Cinema in Cinderford.
It will also bring back into use a building which has been shut for more than a year.
"The 133-year-old hall is perfect for the proposed use, thus enabling the re-use of a redundant building and the preservation of an interesting historic building with all its original features intact," said Mr Cunningham.
"It must be stressed that this proposal is strictly limited to cinema use and alcohol will not be sold or permitted in the building as it would be contrary to the family-friendly atmosphere which I hope to encourage. It is anticipated that the cinema will most strongly appeal to middle-aged and older people as well as parents with young children."
Andrew Harley, who lives near the site, said: "I very much welcome this, the surrounding grounds have become a bit of an eyesore. It will mean the older people in the area will not have to walk into town to go to the cinema."
There is no date set for when the cinema would open.