Chosen name is a cruel reminder

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The decision by Wetherspoons to name its new pub in Western Road, on the site of the former Cinema, The Picture Playhouse (Bexhill Observer, October 9) is a cruel reminder for the Bexhill and district communities of a valued asset lost.

It is regretted, in my view, that Wetherspoons in planning their conversion of the former cinema, did not have the vision to retain within the building a small cinema auditorium, able to seat 100-150 customers.

There are many smaller cinemas operating around the country catering for smaller audiences, many that also welcome being able to purchase a light meal and a drink before or after watching a film.

Given the size of the existing building this could have been an opportunity which would have found favour with the community, local businesses and the district council planners.

I would be interested to hear from Wetherspoons whether they considered a mixed use for the site given the earlier attempt by a local group to buy the building and re-open a cinema.

Simon Read

Woodville Road

Bexhill

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