View guides

New Plans Revealed for Art Deco Cinema in Plymouth

Posted by Richard Ward in

Image courtesy of Flickr, Creative Commons

Plans to demolish Plymouth's 1930s Reel Cinema and replace it with student accommodation have resurfaced and are due to be presented to the public on December 13.

The exhibition relating to a forthcoming planning application will be held at Plymouth Guildhall with representatives available on the day to answer any questions in regards to the proposals.

This represents the second time a public exhibition has been announced in 2016 in regards to plans to demolish the art deco cinema block.

In October plans were released which described the development of the site and the construction of a hotel, commercial units and student accommodation. However, the exhibition, scheduled to take place at Plymouth Theatre Royal was cancelled at the last moment.

Although the developers behind the latest proposals remain unknown, more than 1,000 people have signed a petition urging the council to protect the cinema from destruction.

The cinema has a colourful past with The Beatles famously playing at the venue in 1963 and subsequently coming under repeated threat of demolition.