Plans for reopening of Bournemouth IMAX

January 28, 2010 – 12:51 pm

Days after it was announced the Bournemouth IMAX would be demolished, there are now plans by the Sheridan Group to reopen the facility. BBC News reports:

A part-empty 3D Imax cinema building, blocking a Dorset seafront view, could be set to reopen just days after plans were revealed to pull it down.

Bournemouth Borough Council has agreed to buy the building, deemed an “eyesore” by residents, for about £7m.

It had unveiled plans to demolish the complex, but the cinema’s operators, Sheridan Group, wants to capitalise on the success of 3D blockbuster, Avatar.
Sheridan said it still holds a 150-year lease to operate the cinema.

The council said it would now seek a compulsory purchase order for the site.

The building opened as a state-of-the art Imax cinema in 2002, but closed in 2005 after having problems showing 3D films.

It had been developed to offer an all-weather attraction to tourists visiting the seaside resort.
Earlier this month the council announced plans to demolish the site as part of a £7m redevelopment.

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UPDATE: More on this surprise announcement:

Daily Echo: We’ll open Imax again! bombshell

City Guide Bournemouth: Bournemouth Imax to Reopen

BBC News: Bournemouth seafront Imax in council ownership