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Press Release


Pinwell Road Depot

Harveys are pleased to announce that they have agreed to sell their Depot site in Pinwell Road to a Charitable Trust that wishes to create a permanent 4 screen community cinema, utilising the structure of the old office cum warehouse building. The intention is to retain the external warehouse walls to form part of the new cinema, whilst the interior will be completely refurbished with a contemporary frontage sympathetically designed to blend with the local environment. The remaining part of the site will, in the medium term, be landscaped for cinema users, with an emphasis on green areas, but reserved for future Community use.

The cinema, which will also house a restaurant, will provide a dynamic programme of daily films and events to appeal to all sectors of the Lewes community. In addition to mainstream films and art movies, the cinema, for example, will work with local groups and businesses to offer discounted screenings, special interest events, exhibitions and festivals celebrating local film makers. There will be special screenings for the elderly, children, teenagers, mothers & babies and the disabled. There are also plans for educational workshops and the provision of facilities for courses undertaken at local colleges.

The cinema will trade under the name ‘Depot Cinema’ and be run by newly registered charity ‘Lewes Community Screen’, the name reflecting its purpose and spirit.

Harveys’ Joint Managing Director, Miles Jenner, said that the Company was delighted by the Charitable Trust’s decision to acquire the Pinwell Road site for such a community spirited venture and fully supports the cinema development which, subject to pre- application and local & officer consultation, should go forward to the planning authorities in May.

For further information please contact Carmen Slijpen via or 01273 979629

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  1. Thank you!!! What a wonderful use of the property. Those involved are to be congratulated for doing something for the community. Lets hope popcorn sells for under a tenner per bag.

    Presumably a deal can be done on parking? This is always going to be an issue in Lewes, but I can see at least one obvious solution. Access at peak times will be a challenge, too. Lets leave that for another day. Well done Harveys, pride of Sussex indeed.

  2. Nice one! Cheers Harveys! Hope this works out like.

  3. very good news. I love that it’s going to be a community thing and hopefully not resembling the soulless megacinemas elsewhere staffed by minimum wage kids selling popcorn and coke for twenty quid. Decent independent cinemas can still work as per Uckfield. Excellent news.

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