Proposed new cinema site in Lewes stages sneak preview screening

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A site earmarked for a new cinema in Lewes staged its first movie on Friday evening (September 13).

Trustees and friends of Lewes Community Screen gathered for a screening at the Harveys Depot in Pinwell Road.

The group watched the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup, and a series of shorts in the Vintage Mobile Cinema Bus, a restored vehicle originally used in the 1960s to show films in rural areas.

Lewes Community Screen, a charitable trust, is progressing its plans to develop a three-screen cinema plus café/bar and restaurant on the site and has been in touch with more than 50 local organisations and individuals to build-up the scheme.

The Depot Cinema plans to run a wide range of cultural and artistic programmes as well as recent film screens and live broadcasts.

The project was unveiled in March. Harveys Brewery agreed to sell its former depot site to the charitable trust.

Discussions are currently ongoing with the planning team at the South Downs National Park Authority.

Pictured with the movie bus are trustees of Lewes Community Screen Jeremy Page, Sarah Hunter, Robert Senior and Martin Kay with Project Manager Carmen Slijpen.