Cinema hopes dashed in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 10:12 21 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:33 15 June 2010

HOPES of creating a cinema in Honiton suffered a blow last week after a potential site was ruled out.

HOPES of creating a cinema in Honiton suffered a blow last week after a potential site was ruled out.The old cinema building, in the High Street had been earmarked by the town council as an appropriate place to house a new cinema complex, but it was revealed last week the site has already been bought.Councillor Peter Corke, who is leading the project, expressed his disappointment at the council's annual meeting held on Monday, May 11.He said: "It rather looks like it is a no-go for a cinema."Councillor Corke said he had been in talks for several weeks with Peter Hoare, the managing director of Scott Cinemas, who had expressed an interest in the site.He added: "Mr Hoare was sympathetic and very anxious to help."The council was told Scott Cinemas, who own picture houses in Sidmouth and Exmouth, would not rule out the creation of a cinema there.Mayor Vivienne Ash said there are plans to show films in the community centre, a couple of days a week, when it is up and running.Water Babies, a company which teaches babies to swim, bought the old cinema building in October and its headquarters will be based there.The building is currently undergoing a refurbishment before staff, who are temporarily based at another location in the town, move in.


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