MANAGEMENT at a cinema in Redruth have submitted plans to expand its dining area in spite of a threat to the venue from a national cinema multiplex.
The Regal Cinema hopes to expand its restaurant and bar area to counter a rival planning application that could see a Cineworld complex built in Pool, along with an Asda supermarket and four restaurants, on the land next to Carn Brea Leisure Centre.
As part of the extension plans, a function room could be built above the bar next to the Regal which will be a venue for children’s birthday parties.
A first floor space for extra tables for the restaurant on busy nights.
Salmon Harvester Properties Ltd confirmed an agreement had been struck up with Asda and Cineworld for the land and an application is expected to be submitted this year.
If the multiplex is given the go ahead, then owner of the Regal Geoff Greaves says it could ruin his business and take footfall from the streets of Redruth.
He said: “We passionately believe that the cinema should be in the high street as part of a vibrant business community and easily accessible to all.
“The public have been so positive about what we have done and we are seeing people who have not been to the Regal in years, once again coming along to enjoy a night out at the cinema.”
Mr Greaves runs the Merlin Cinema group which operates the Phoenix in Falmouth, Flora in Helston, Savoy in Penzance, Regal in Redruth and Royal in St Ives.
More than 10,000 people have now signed a petition against the planned multiplex coming to Pool.