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Art deco cinema reopening planned

The Regal Cinema in Evesham closed in 2002 after 70 years of entertaining people in the town

A town's art deco cinema could be reopened next year after a group of enthusiasts were given planning permission to restore it.

The Regal Cinema in Evesham, Worcestershire, opened in 1932 but was forced to close in 2003 because of the falling number of cinemagoers.

The new owners have been given permission to build a new screen.

Ian Wiper, of Regal Cinema Evesham Ltd, said he hoped the building would be finished by next summer.

"We have ambitious plans to restore the Regal to its former glory and we're delighted with the very strong and enthusiastic support that we are receiving from local people," he said.

The new owners said they hoped to enhance the 1930s' features and also provide a new screen, seating, bar areas, function rooms, a coffee shop and a rooftop restaurant.

Wychavon District Council has also given a grant of £150,000 towards the cinema's transformation.

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