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  • Council raise curtain on town centre cinema

    Ollie Cowan

    PLANS to open an independent cinema for Southport Town Centre have been approved.

    Last week planning chiefs at the local authority granted permission for a change of use of the former Latin Lounge restaurant in Southport to be transformed into an independent cinema and cafe.

    The building, located on Post Office Avenue, is adjacent to the Sainsbury’s superstore in Southport town centre and is part of the Lord Street Conservation area.

    It’s been empty for over a year .

    Michael Lockwood has been campaigning for a community cinema in Southport for many years but had struggled to find a suitable location until the Latin Lounge building went on the market

    He is now just months away from realising his dream as he plans to open a community movie venue at the site.

    Earlier this year he struck a deal to buy the former Latin Lounge bar and restaurant on Post Office Avenue and now plans to transform it into a fifty seater auditorium.

    He plans to charge £5 for screenings.

    Speaking to the Champion Michael said: “After much searching and decision making, I decided to purchase the former Latin Lounge last November as it was up for auction at a good price.

    “The rooms are ideal for what we want to do. It’s air-conditioned and it’s just off Lord Street. We hope to open later this year.

    Planning bosses were impressed with Michael’s plans, which will turn the site into an independent community 'Bijou' cinema and café, and bring back into use a historic building.


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