Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Savoy cinema faces last picture show

[Excerpt from Stockport Express. Click image below for the full story. Also see a previous posting or the planning application documents.]
A planning application has been submitted to Stockport Council to convert the Savoy Cinema in Heaton Moor into a pub with a new frontage and external staircase.
Chinese businesswoman Lisa Fan, who has owned the Savoy for the past 12 years, admitted sharply falling attendances, particularly during the recent heatwave, and rising costs had forced her to sell up, resulting in a planning application to convert the building in to a pub.
She said the Savoy would close if, and when, planning permission was given to applicants the Barracuda Group Limited, for a pub on the cinema site, which the application states would create 35 full and part-time jobs.
She added its closure would leave only one independent cinema in the Stockport area, in Marple.
A council spokesman said the application would be considered by the Four Heatons Area Committee on September 13, if possible, or October 4, if not, after representations from the public about it have been received.
Eileen Payne