Eastbourne cinema will close

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

Monday, 19th November 2018, 11:24 am
Updated Monday, 19th November 2018, 12:26 pm
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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.

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.

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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.”