Consultation into cinema plan for former Harveys depot in Lewes

Plans to create a new cinema complex in Lewes will be the subject of two forthcoming public consultations.

They will take place on Saturday, March 29, (12noon-3pm) and on Saturday, April 5, (2pm-5pm).

The events have been organised by Lewes Community Screen, the charity which is seeking to develop the site of the former Harveys Brewery depot in Pinwell Road.

It is keen to discuss its Depot Cinema plans with Lewes residents and gather feedback on the scheme. The consultations will take place at the venue.

The project is being developed by London-based architects Burrell Foley Fischer, a leading cinema designer and RIBA award-winning practice.

The latest plans include the retention of the warehouse to house the three cinemas, with the foyer, restaurant, and bar areas abutting the existing building.

The idea is that the scheme will retain the charm of the old depot building but enhance it with a new annexe which will reflect the local character of the town.

In addition Lewes Community Screen plans to add an educational facility and further screening facilities.

Charity spokeswoman Carmen Slijpen said: “We are excited about working with a leading cinema architect and keen to hear views on the plans from local residents before any final plans are approved.”