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Oswestry cinema plans put forward

By Sophie Madden | Oswestry | News | Published:

A former church and carpet warehouse could be turned into a cinema.

Plans have been put forward for a change of use of The Citadel in King Street, Oswestry to make way for a single screen, 112 seat cinema.

Formerly J & I Carpet Warehouse, local Anthony Harris of AJH Cinema Ltd has applied to operate the new business from the building, which has been vacant for some time.

He is the son of Trevor Harris, who previously ran the town's Regal Cinema.

The plans say it will involve a "significant investment" into the building and enhance the entertainment offerings in Oswestry.

A planning, design and access statement, submitted with the planning application says: "The provision of a new cinema in Oswestry has been a matter of public interest for some considerable time, and it is anticipated there will be strong public support for the proposal.

"Although provision was proposed within the Oswestry Smithfield mixed-use supermarket development, this development has not materialised.

"The proposal is to show new films on release, with two evening screenings at 6pm and 8pm, Monday to Sunday. An additional screening will be held at 2pm on Saturdays.

"The premises will also have a small stage which will allow other 'live' and recorded performances and events to take place."

The proposals have been submitted to Shropshire Council and will be decided in the coming months.

Sophie Madden

By Sophie Madden
@SMadden_Star

Senior reporter based out of the head office in Ketley covering the Telford area.

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