The former Elite Cinema could be brought back to life as soon as next year.
The glory days of town centre movie screenings could be rekindled next year, as a long-running project to restore the Elite Cinema finally looks set to reach the final act.
The privately-owned building, which was built in 1931, has stood empty since its days as a night-club drew to a close, and several bids to breathe it back to life have failed – but a European grant could be about to give it a flicker of hope.
Owner Mick Gallimore had been working with an Indian restaurant chain to create a high-quality dining facility, and extended what was the upper half of the cinema hall to include a kitchen.
But since the restaurant plan fell through several years ago, the vision of returning the building to its original use as a cinema, theatre and performance space could soon become a reality – with the new kitchen attachment becoming a bar.