A public enquiry into the future of the Whiteladies Picture House begins today at the Mansion House. Expected to last four days, the enquiry will hear from the developer who wants to convert the historic cinema into five flats and a gym, and objectors to the scheme who want the building to reopen as a cinema and community venue.

“We are still passionate about this fantastic local resource and the role it should play in our community,” say the campaign group¬†Keep Cinema Local, established in 2001 as part of a campaign to keep open the Whiteladies Road cinema.

“It was a great cinema and it should be again. It’s terrible to see it closed and falling into disrepair while repeated, unsuitable planning applications try to undermine its character, appearance and function.”

Whiteladies Picture House



2 Responses so far.

  1. Charlotte says:

    I walk past this on the way to work at Caffe Clifton every day, I’m super excited to see what they decide to do with the space. Its such a wonderful building.

    • chris says:

      When the cinema closed, a covenant was placed on the deeds of the building to the effect that it could never be used as a cinema again. How is it proposed to get around this?
      The building was built as a cinema, it should be a cinema. It was busy, although the screens were small.
      Was the covenant put on the deeds to force people to travel to the Show Case cinema instead?

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