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A little more than popcorn on the menu at historic Curzon Cinema in Clevedon

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

The wing of the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon which could be developed to accommodate a café bar Picture: Fran Stothard.

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One of the West Country's most historic cinemas is teaming up with a fast-growing café bar chain to reel in the punters.

The Curzon Cinema in Clevedon and Bristol-based Loungers have announced plans to develop a two-storey bar and roof terrace at the side of the cinema.

The proposals for the cinema, which originally opened in 1912, have not yet gained planning permission.

Hilary Neal, chairman of the Curzon Trustees said: "This proposal will take an un-restored part of our building and create a fantastic addition to the cinema site. It will provide a first-class food and drink offer for the community, restore a significant part of the building and provide a rental income stream that will further underpin the viability of the Curzon Charity.

"We have long recognised that the cinema needed to offer more than a great cinema experience and in line with customer expectations we shall be able to offer a contemporary café-bar experience. Loungers are the perfect partner to deliver this. This proposal is a big step forward to maintaining the cinema for the long run."

Alex Reilley, managing director of Loungers, said: "Bringing a 'Lounge' to Clevedon has been a long-held ambition of ours particularly given the success we've enjoyed in Portishead (and the fact that I am myself a Clevedon resident). The proposed redevelopment of the rear of the Curzon building is a result of months of working closely with Gary Topp and the Curzon's trustees. We are confident we can provide a space that will complement and enhance the cinema."

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