Old Granada cinema, Shrewsbury

Anger at development that treats Shrewsbury’s listed Granada cinema as a shell

“Grave concerns” have been expressed over a Grade II-listed former cinema which could be partially demolished as part of the Shrewsbury masterplan.

The Buzz Bingo Club, formerly the Granada cinema, in Castle Gates, is included in the Castle Street Vision and Development Framework. It says the site would be suitable for a residential mixed-use development, with expansion on the proposal including part-demolition of the cinema to offer a mix of commercial and culture, with residential on the top floor.

The Cinema Theatre Association believe historic and architectural integrity would be sacrificed, and that the building is of national importance due to the interior design of “genius” Theodore Komisarjevsky. “It’s clear that the mixed-use development which has been proposed cannot be achieved without sacrificing the historic and architectural integrity of this fine listed cinema. To be blunt, it’s inconceivable to treat a listed cinema as a shell, with a new building within the outer walls.”…

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