Huge interest in purchasing Longridge’s Palace Cinema

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Longridge’s iconic little cinema The Palace has received several offers since it went on the market for £300,000 a fortnight ago.

A group of local people who held a meeting last week has resolved to form a Community Interest Company called the Palace Cinema Trust.

It has asked for information from Mrs Willliamson to enable it to make a formal offer for purchase.

In a statement, it added “(The company) will open a bank account, it will commission a valuation...and wait to hear back from the vendor following our request for more information.

“The group comprises local people with various skills and interests appropriate to advance the project through to acquisition should we be able to agree terms with the vendor.”

Mrs Williamson added that there had been “a huge amount of interest from Edinburgh in the north to Burgess Hill Sussex in the south,”

Interested viewers had been individuals and theatre groups, BBC North West filmed at the cinema, the crew interviewing the evening’s queue already forming.

“It was quite an evening!“ said Mrs Williamson, adding “I have concentrated on showing the cinema section, but we bought the house next door when John and I even then decided that it would be good for theatre productions.

“We have 18 rooms here, four dressing rooms with all the facilities, upstairs there’s an office, storeroom, kitchen and bathroom. It would be good to rent out for events and perhaps training or studies for the theatre. We will have to see how things go.”