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Plans to open a boutique cinema in Oakham called Rutland Kino suffer a setback as co-ordinator Genevieve Margrett is forced to look for new premises

A woman's ambition to open a boutique cinema in Oakham has suffered a setback as she has nowhere to build it.

Genevieve Margrett has spent the past year attracting £1.1 million in pledges to fund the business venture.

She had been in talks with Oakham Baptist Church about buying its premises in High Street, but fears delays in drawing up Rutland's local plan has put that on hold.

She is now seeking new premises in the town centre to get the plans back on track.

Genevieve, a former Oakham School pupil, said: "I thought raising the money would be the biggest challenge but we were really surprised by the generosity and interest from local people. There's been a real groundswell of support.

"We were feeling in a good place but then the St George's Barracks plan came on the scene.

"The local plan is being revisited so all the land that had been earmarked for development is under question."

Genevieve has started to look at new venues but is keen to hear from anyone who has suggestions of buildings or land.

She hopes the cinema, named Rutland Kino, will have two screens, one with 86 seats and one with 47 seats, and a café.

She said: "I grew up in Rutland and always wondered why it didn't have a cinema. I have seen the rise of boutique cinemas in London and they are fantastic.

"Things like this help to regenerate town centres and I believe it will help make Oakham town centre special again.

"We just need a building."

Films are shown at Rutland County Museum but if the project goes ahead it will provide Oakham with its own stand alone cinema for the first time since the 1980s.

Anyone with suggestions of a possible building or land to house the cinema can contact Genevieve via the website at www.rutlandkino.co.uk

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