Excitement surrounds a new business proposal to turn the vacant Bourne town hall building into a boutique cinema.
The man behind The Regal Cinema in Melton Mowbray, Tony Mundin, has approached Bourne Town Council about opening a new venue in the town.
Councillors have already met Mr Mundin and his family and shown them around the town hall. And confidence is growing that the building, which has been empty since the council moved into the Corn Exchange in March last year, could be brought back into use.
Town councillor John Smith (Con), who also sits on South Kesteven District Council, said: “The town is growing and we have national companies moving in, we think that now might be the right time to get something off the ground. We are trying to promote the use of the town hall, possibly in conjunction with other activities.
“I really feel that the people of Bourne would very much like to have a cinema. It’s a good thing for our economic future to have as many facilities as we can.”
Lincolnshire county councillors for the Bourne Abbey ward Sue Woolley (Con) has also given her support to the idea. She said: “The town hall is an iconic building standing as it does in the middle of the town.
“I am going to speak to Lincolnshire County Council officers to see what we can do to take this idea forward. I know residents want the building brought back into use and I am sure this sort of proposal would be welcomed.
“We certainly need to investigate it further.”
The county council wanted to sell the town hall but came across legal difficulties as the building, which was built in 1821, was paid for in part by public contributions.