After a total absence of cinemas in the area three – yes three – different cinema proposals are now doing the rounds in Crystal Palace. Maybe it’s like waiting for a number 75 bus – just as you’ve given up hope of one ever arriving, three come along at once!
1. The Picture Palace Campaign wants to turn the former bingo hall at 25 Church Road, SE19 into an independent cinema. Plans to turn the building into an evangelical church were rejected by Bromley council.
2. Future Projections has applied for planning permission to Bromley Council to turn the Grape and Grain pub, 2 Anerley Hill SE19 and the Bigger Picture Gallery (formerly a car showroom) into a two screen cinema. The main cinema would seat 203 people; the smaller cinema would have 51 seats.
3. Crystal Palace’s Transmitter magazine in its new winter edition has revealed plans for a third cinema, this time located in Victory Square – a new market-square development just off Westow Street opposite the supermarket. Plans include a 4-screen cinema, a glass-covered market, apartments, artists’ studios and a hotel. The scheme by development company the St Aidan’s Group has been at the drawing stage for two years but has yet to be advanced to a full planning proposal.