Curzon has been awarded a licence to convert the former public hall in Weybridge into a £1.5 million two-screen art house cinema.
The cinema chain plans to inhabit the empty Weybridge Hall building in Church Street on a 25-year lease.
Going before the Elmbridge Borough Council licensing sub-committee via video link on Monday morning (July 6), lawyer Richard Taylor, representing Curzon, expanded more on the plans.
He says the cinema would cost around £1.5 million and create 10 jobs, have two screens and just over 100 seats.
“Curzon specialises in independent, foreign language and art house cinema, so what I’m putting before you here is a company that is an experienced operator,” Mr Taylor told the committee.
“And I can tell you from the outset that all the 13 operational Curzon venues trade without complaint, without any difficulty whatsoever.”
The licensing application sought permission to host live and recorded music, dance performances and plays, along with films. It set out plans for outdoor seating until 9pm and an alcohol licence running until midnight every day.
Residents living near the hall have expressed fears over an increase in parking and noise, and queried the move to sell alcohol until midnight.
On awarding the licence to Curzon, the sub-committee amended the alcohol hours to run until 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday…