Weybridge’s cinema could be making a return, more than 50 years after it initially closed.
A planning application has been submitted by Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) to convert the currently vacant Weybridge Hall in Church Street into a two-screen, independent cinema.
The building was initially converted into a cinema back in 1920, when it was known as the Kinema.
Improvements to seating and accommodation were made in 1927, when it became the King George’s Cinema and showed the first talkie films.
It remained a cinema through the Second World War until the building was converted into a public hall in 1956.
The council’s planning, design, access and heritage statement says: “The application plans propose to convert the ground floor premises back to their original use as a cinema in their entirety to enable a two screen independent cinema to be provided.
The statement adds: “No significant changes are proposed to the buildings’ exterior as part of the proposals except for restoration and upgrading works.”
Councillor Andy Muddyman, representing Weybridge Riverside, said he was optimistic about the cinema returning to Weybridge.
Weybridge Hall on Church Street could soon be turning into a cinema (Image: Surrey Advertiser)
“It’s a good amenity and it could lead to more people coming here,” he told Get Surrey.
“From what I’ve seen, residents were keen on it and have been positive about it.”
Members of the public have until Friday (February 2) to submit comments and objections on the council’s website.
One supportive comment said: “Cinema goers will also support other local amenities and restaurants.
“Weybridge is in desperate need of ways of attracting people to the town so it can only do good.”