The presentation of the key findings of ‘The Site Options Appraisal for Tenterden Cinema’ took place on the 5th July, 2018. The presentation was conducted by Ron Inglis, a cinema consultant from Craigmont Consultants and Stephanie Fischer, architect from Burrell, Foley, Fischer.
The first aim of this appraisal was to establish if there is a market for a cinema in Tenterden and if so, to consider the best operating model for one. Conclusions had already been reached that a two screen, 150 seat capacity cinema would be likely to generate an attendance of an estimated 70,000 people per year from Tenterden itself and the surrounding communities. Given the research carried out it was deemed that Tenterden did merit a cinema, but it would have to be one that would meet the standards expected by modern audiences, providing year round varied programme and events and that it would need to be an efficient venue, easy to operate with minimal staff.
Five possible sites had been investigated by Stephanie Fischer: The Pebbles, currently partly occupied by White Stuff, the first floor of the Tenterden Club, the rear of the Town Hall, the land currently occupied by Glebe hall and an expanded area at the rear of the Town Hall which had been put forward for consideration as a potential creative quarter.
Stephanie presented the case for each of these sites, providing outline plans of the design, layout and ballpark costings for the adaptation or building necessary for each site. A spreadsheet had been produced which weighed the merits of these and it became apparent that the most favourable site is the Pebbles for the following reasons:
The final report, taking into consideration points made by those who attended either of the two presentations, will go to the council next week. It will be available to view on TTC website for those wishing to see the full report.
When all of the regeneration focus groups have concluded their work, a display will be mounted in the Town Hall showing all the group’s findings and their recommendations. The public will be invited to give their opinions before final decisions are made as to how the available money is to be spent. What the majority of people want will go ahead, subject to costings. It is hoped this exhibition will take place within this Council’s year of office.