Welsh Grade-II former courthouse to become luxury cinema

Welsh Grade-II former courthouse to become luxury cinema

A new boutique cinema boasting two person sofas and snacks delivered straight to your seat has been given the go-ahead.

Developers aim to renovate Llangefni’s currently vacant Grade-II listed county court to “redefine the cinema experience”.

The two floor facility will screen both new releases as well as cinematic classics and school holiday matinees for children, once opened.

As well as having two seater sofas and extra wide single seater armchairs, visitors will be able to get food and drink delivered straight from the bar to their seats.

Llangefni has not had its own cinema since the town’s Arcadia cinema closed down in the mid-1960s, despite the Llangefni Regeneration Group announcing an aspiration in 2017 to start showing films at Theatr Fach.

The development has been approved by planning officers without the need to go in front of the council’s planning committee, on the condition it remains open only between 10am and 11pm Monday to Saturday and between the hours of 10am and 9pm on Sundays.

Other conditions include an agreement no work will take place until a traffic management plan is agreed.

The courthouse itself was sold at auction last year for £72,000 after holding its last hearing in 2017, having formerly served as a civil and family court.

In their application, developers stated it would employ 10 full time and six part time staff.

“There will be virtually no change to the exterior of the building,” the application added.

“At present the building is empty. The court use has discontinued and the prospects are gloomy without a new use.

“It is clearly beneficial to the future of the building and to the heritage asset to find a new sustainable and beneficial use for the building.”

The only cinema currently on Anglesey is based in Holyhead but, according to applicant Jeremy Rothwell, this one will to bring an “innovative new approach.”

“The county court building will be altered and adapted internally to provide a ’boutique style’ cinema, which would feature comfortable two person’s sofas and extra wide single person’s armchairs with food and drinks delivered straight from the bar to your seat.

“This would be redefining the cinema experience, bringing an innovative life style approach to cinema venues.”

It is not yet known when the facility will open.

Source: Daily Post

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