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On 8 Jan 2012 at 3:45pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
Anyone tell me why the last cinemas in Lewes closed down ? Purely economics ?
Seems like every small town locally of a similar size to Lewes has its own cinema running every day with a varied programme of arty films and latest releases. Why is it that Lewes can't sustain such a cinema when Uckfield can ?

And before the film club and Lewes cinema come on here and tell me there is a cinema, I am talking about a daily fully programmed cinema with matinees and evening showings, special showinsg for oaps and carers of toddlers/babies, comfortable seats, decent cafe/ bar, maybe some other arts events/ programming etc, and not the bi-monthly effort in a drafty old church with folding uncomfortable chairs, the charm of which fades after numb-bum sitting for three hours...
On 9 Jan 2012 at 10:34am some0ne else wrote:
Given this a lot of thought too, BB.

Henley is smaller than Lewes, has better shops and a thriving cinema and separate theatre. Ludlow (I think) has an Arts Centre with a cinema and three Michelin starred restaurants. Bridport has a couple of theatres.
I think the problem for Lewes is that it is too close to Brighton and the transport links are 'too' convenient. Uckfield, and its surrounding villages are just that little bit further away from a large town. Given the number of theatre / performance groups, I think it's a great shame there isn't a 'proper' performance space. If it existed, I'm sure it could be made to work financially, but I don't think you could ever raise the capital to build one and make it pay.
On 9 Jan 2012 at 5:10pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
In terms of performance spaces, I guess there is the Lewes little theatre (and also South Downs college/ various churches/ halls), but I agree that proximity to Brighton is probably the problem. Although why on earth anyone wants to see films at the hell hole that is the marina, or the odeon mulitplex, or even the duke of yorks (not that easy to get to on public transport).

I guess our only hope is for some munificent benefactor to put up the funds. If i win the euro lottery I'll do it !!

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