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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 July, 2005, 13:01 GMT 14:01 UK
Cinema boss defends new closure
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Mr Ure said Cottage Road staff were being consulted about the closure
A businessman has defended a decision to close the second independent cinema in Leeds in six months.

The Cottage Road Cinema in Headingley, West Yorkshire, will close on 28 July, following the closure of its sister picture house The Lounge in January.

Chris Ure, boss of Associated Tower Cinemas, which owns both sites, has been criticised by Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland over the decision.

But he said Cottage Road loses up to 2,000 a month and is no longer viable.

"Our cinemas have really been decimated by competition from multiplexes to the point where the cinemas weren't viable and we've been losing money ever since," he said.

Alternative plans

In February, Associated Tower Cinemas warned the future of Cottage Road was being reviewed.

Since then Mr Ure said the cinema had continued to lose between 1,000 and 2,000 a month.

Liberal Democrat Mr Mulholland said the decision to close Cottage Road was extremely disappointing.

And he claimed residents were angry as they felt alternative plans had not been considered.

"Thank goodness we still have the Hyde Park Picture House and that the council runs and funds this, so we can be confident that we will continue to have one small independent cinema in the area," he said.

But Mr Ure said that despite honouring a commitment to keep residents and councillors informed, no one, including Mr Mulholland, had contacted him to suggest an alternative way forward.




SEE ALSO:
Second independent cinema to shut
04 Jul 05 |  West Yorkshire
Filmgoers meet over doomed cinema
01 Feb 05 |  West Yorkshire


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