Carlisle's Lonsdale Cinema up for auction
Last updated at 12:56, Thursday, 05 September 2013
The former Lonsdale cinema in Carlisle is being put up for auction – a move local businesses hope will help further boost regeneration efforts in the area.
Cumbrian Properties will put the landmark lot under the hammer at its next auction on October 16 with a £550,000 guide price.
The cinema closed in 2006 and has been up for sale for a number of years after plans to convert it into flats did not materialise and a campaign to turn it into a theatre and arts centre failed.
Traders and business leaders operating near the dilapidated building on Warwick Road have welcomed the move.
Carol Roberts owns Carol Roberts Couture Bridal.
She said: “I’m glad it has come to this. It is an absolute eyesore, it has had squatters in and the lane beside it is awful to walk down.
“We’re going to have The Halston aparthotel next door to it.
“I wonder whether it could become a multi-storey car park.”
Martin Coulthard, who owns Nicholson & Coulthard Jewellers on Crosby Street, is also keen for a buyer to come forward.
He said: “I wonder whether it would make an ideal urban space rather than just another building.”
Simon Harrison is one half of the team which owns the old post office building which is being converted into The Halston.
He said: “It’s a good move – a movement in any direction has got to be better than what is there now.”
The Lonsdale has been standing empty since the cinema closed in 2006.
Land Registry records today list the owner of the building as Manchester-based Support Estates while Companies House record it as being a dormant, non-trading company.
First published at 12:55, Thursday, 05 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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I operate the Cinema in our town.
I think the Lonsdale should be retained as a theatre/arts centre, once gone, can not be replaced, the building should be restored for the city.
lonsdale cinema could be turned in to some thing good a lot of people are calling for it to be demolished but do those people drink in night clubs or pubs well i dont so tell me this what is there for me with the likes of the lonsdale closeing down.
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