Michael Fabricant is convening a meeting to be held at Noon on Saturday
29th September in The Committee Room, first floor of The Guildhall, Bore
Street, Lichfield to discuss the future of the closed Kwik Save building
in Tamworth Street, Lichfield – formerly the Regal Cinema.
"I have been blown-out by the response to my suggestion that the Regal
should be restored as a specialist single-screen cinema in the City.
The enthusiasm for the idea has been incredible" says Michael
Fabricant. "Yes, I know that we will have a multi-screen cinema in the
City in a few years time, but specialist cinemas also have their place
showing a combination of new releases and classic movies. A specialist
cinema can have custom seating with tables to allow drink, including
alcohol bought at the cinema, and food to be enjoyed while watching a
good movie. It enhances the cinema going experience. Independent
cinemas are a success in places as far afield as Belper in Derbyshire
and Tywyn in Gwynedd. There is no reason why a well managed private
cinema shouldn’t be a success in Lichfield too.
"But this will have to be a commercial venture. We cannot expect the
overburdened council tax payer to support this so we will need a
businesslike approach to this project.
"I am inviting everyone who is interested in playing a part in this
venture to attend the meeting on 29th September so that a steering
committee can be formed to take this matter further. I look forward to
a successful first meeting."