Stratford-upon-Avon cinema plans prompt concerns
Plans for a cinema complex in Stratford-upon-Avon have caused concern about the future of its current cinema.
London and Regional Properties has applied to build the five-screen cinema as part of a revamp of the Town Square.
The manager of the two-screen Picturehouse said it could face closure if the plan was approved.
Stratfordward BID, a company representing 500 businesses in the town, said it was "cautiously supportive" of the proposal.
Carina Volkes is the manager of the Picturehouse: "Obviously we're concerned about the effect.
"We came into this community when there was no cinema so we feel we're a very important part of it.
"To feel that might be threatened is a big a worry for us."
The plans submitted to Stratford-upon-Avon's Town Council include an 850-seat cinema, shops, restaurants and cafes.
A decision is due to be made by the council next month.
Chris Gregory from Stratfordward BID said: "We're pro competition so on balance we've agreed to support it, we just think it's a shame the cinema in the town [is not] likely to be part of the development.
"We're almost certain the Picturehouse will be forced out of business."