I WANTED to write about the cinema and ask what consultation? I must have missed it in all the excitement.
I have to repeat my basic position, from long ago. When it was originally announced, I hoped Brentwood would get a cinema, whatever size.
I'm a film fan and loved going to the two screener above the Bay Tree Centre. In fact, bar asbestos removal, and gutting of the interior to make what's now a sports shop, I believe the shell of the building is much as it was.
I also recall that its decline was about the same sort of time Lakeside's multi-screen venues opened and believe they also played a part in the cinema's collapse. I still think we need a cinema. I feel it will bring jobs and revenue to town, give those of us with little to do somewhere to go and give film fans who don't want to travel an in-town alternative and give recent arrivals a chance to see a film in town; something I feel will alter the Gazette's statistics.
I know film viewing is changing. But feel viewing a film in a cinema is very different to renting it through iTunes or Netflix. And that can only do people and this town some good.
The fact it's taking this long to decide to build it? Isn't.
Paul Downie Rollason Way Warley
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