I support the Picturedrome, the Secretary of State granted it Grade II listing status in July 2009 so it can not be used for any other use. You the tax payer now own it and through Bognor Regis Town Council and have committed £1.15M to the purchase and upkeep of the building.
The building is now secure and because it's owned by the town Council, it can not be closed without their agreement, and it can not be used for another use because of it's grade II listing
In the petition that was organised by the Bognor Regis Civic Society it petitioned Arun to give the Picturedrome exclusivity or a monopoly of Cinema provision in Bognor Regis,
I could not vote for this because it is simply not lawful under EU competition law to try and give the Picturedrome a monopoly, but also I believe that cinema could and should be offered elsewhere in town like the Alexander Theatre, There have been no decisions about a miniplex and the St Modwins regeneration, and I am still undecided on this issue and will have to be persuaded regarding the parking issue.
I believe the Picturedrome can have a bright future by doing what the New Park does in Chichester and what it is doing now by adapting and tailoring it's product to the market. In fact Cinema industry professionals confirm that film distributors today do not restrict distribution of new films to major cinema chains, this too would be illegal under EU competition law.