Our story last week on an independent cinema returning to Kentish Town after a 40 year absence was a monster hit for you lot. Not only has it been viewed thousands of times, but nearly 500 of you also shared it on Facebook or Twitter. The bottom line is: yes, we all want the movies back in NW5.
So here’s where you have to translate that enthusiasm into registering your desire in a more official capacity, as a planning application has today been submitted to Camden Council for the former Pizza Express site.
Redview Properties propose “to develop the existing building whilst retaining the façade to form a 5 storey building comprising a single-cinema at ground floor with associated cafe and bar facilities and 12 homes on the upper floors, including affordable housing”.
It’s the culmination of “extensive studies” at the site in addition to a public consultation with the local community last summer, which resulted in overwhelming support for a brand new picturehouse on the premises.
A cinema will, say the developers, “complement and enhance the independent feel of Kentish Town with its current wide array of lively cafes and restaurants.”
Details of the application can be found on the Camden Council website under reference 2013/8301/P (or follow our link below). A likely alternative if a cinema isn’t approved is – yawn – either a chain pub or supermarket.