A inquiry is under way to decide the future of the old ABC cinema site in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
The developer of the ABC site does not want to build a new cinema
The owner GLN Copenhagen wants to turn the site in Mount Pleasant Road into a £20m leisure and housing complex.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has turned down permission because it wants a new cinema included on the site.
The old cinema has been closed for four years and the Appeal Court has ruled that covenants on the site would not prevent a new cinema being built.
The planning inquiry is being held at Tunbridge Wells town hall, opposite the cinema.
It is expected to take at least two weeks, with the inspector's decision due in the New Year.