Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Save the Holmfirth Picturedrome

You may have noticed previous mention on here of the Holmfirth Picturedrome who have recently hosted such luminaries as Half Man Half Biscuit and Billy Bragg among many others (and hopefully a trip to see the Clone Roses there early in 2007). Now it appears that world's worst pub chain Wetherspoons want to turn it into one of their shite pubs. I don't like Wetherspoons pubs. Soulless places which seem to aim for the lowest common denominator and usually succeed. They'd need permission for a change of use from the council, as well as to alter the interior to suit pub requirements cf those of a working cinema and music venue. It's the last independent cinema in the area. It's also the only music venue in the area I can think of that isn't a pub and as such able to hold any number above about 40. Both of these facts make the place worth saving, as does it's history and architecture. Trouble is, history and architecture don't pay the bills.... But bloody Wetherspoons..?? I despair.
I'll be keeping an eye on this one and making my feelings known to the council at the appropriate time.

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