Eastbourne cinema will close

Cineworld Eastbourne SUS-150204-145828001
Cineworld Eastbourne SUS-150204-145828001

Plans have been unveiled for the site of an Eastbourne cinema when it closes next year.

Cineworld at the Sovereign Harbour Retail Park is expected to close next year when the entertainment giant moves to a new cinema at the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne town centre.

Artist's impression SUS-141023-151922001

Artist's impression SUS-141023-151922001

The owners, Prudential Assurance, are applying to Eastbourne council for permission to use the site for a retail outlet.

Town planners are due to make a decision tomorrow night (Tuesday) at Eastbourne Town Hall.

A planning statement submitted with a change of use application says, “The unit, Unit 7, is currently occupied by Cineworld but they have given notice and are due to relocate to a new unit in the extension of the Arndale Centre.

“Unit 7 will become vacant next year and to ensure the long-term viability of the retail park, it is proposed to change the use to retail and insert additional mezzanine space to meet occupier demand.

“Finding a new use for the soon to be vacated cinema is inextricably linked to maintaining the vitality and viability of the district centre while enabling a new cinema to anchor the Arndale scheme.

“The proposals will help to maintain the Sovereign Harbour Retail Park’s role as a district centre and an established shopping destination within the hierarchy of centres within Eastbourne.”