Whiteladies Picture House campaign meets survey-funding target

Whiteladies cinema The cinema in Whiteladies Road closed in 2001

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A campaign group that wants to reopen a derelict cinema in Bristol has raised more then £10,000 to fund a survey.

The Whiteladies Picture House group wants to purchase and renovate the building into a community arts centre.

Its Kickstarter campaign attracted more than 300 backers offering £10,217 with four days to go.

The group said the survey of the Grade II-listed building would help it understand its history and how the building had been used in the past.

Arts centre

This information will be used to produce architectural plans for the group's future vision for the site.

The campaigners aim to turn the building on Whiteladies Road, Clifton, into a community arts centre, consisting of a theatre, cinema and function room.

The original cinema was built in 1921 with a decorative tower, art nouveau exterior and marble columns and flooring, but has been vacant since it closed in 2001.

In March, developers who wanted to turn the cinema into a gym and flats learned their appeal against refusal of planning permission had been rejected by a planning inspector.

London-based Medinbrand, which owns the building after purchasing it from Odeon Cinemas, had proposed turning it into six flats and the auditorium into a gym.

A second group of enthusiasts, Keep Cinema Local, are also campaigning to reopen the building.

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