Plans to redevelop the derelict Coronet Cinema in Eltham have been revealed in full to the Kidbrooke Kite.
The listed site which has been empty since 2000 will be converted into a "mixed use" development comprising new shops, a restaurant, affordable housing (and here's the good news) a new cinema.
The project is being constructed in three phases and should be completed by December 2011.
Twenty-two new flats and a small Tescos are already being constructed in the land adjoining the cinema on Well Hall road and should be completed by June next year.
The second phase will involve demolishing the shops immediately adjacent to the cinema in order to build even more flats and shops.
The old cinema auditorium and foyer will also be demolished although the external shell will remain.
Once all that has been completed a new restaurant and small cinema will be built within the remaining shell.
The precise locations of these has not yet been agreed although the developers are currently considering housing the cinema in what is now the foyer.
|The derelict cinema auditorium is to be demolished|
|The derelict cinema foyer. More pictures here and here|
Plans to lease the cinema to Greenwich University are also under discussion but I understand that whatever happens it will be open to the public for at least part of the week.
The news brings to an end a decade of speculation about the site which has seen reported plans for a bowling alley and children's centre all fall by the wayside.
In fact speculation became so intense that 1,387 people have so far been fooled into joining the "petition against turning the coronet cinema, eltham, into a mosque" Facebook group.
No such plans have ever existed.
Updates on the project should hopefully be posted to the Coronet Cinema website in the coming year, and we'll be keeping a close eye on it here at the Kite.
So what do you think? Are you pleased that a new cinema is finally coming to Eltham / Kidbrooke or do the plans fail to live up to your hopes for the site?