Debate over the future of Bodmin’s Public Rooms drawing to a close

2nd January 2017
By Graham Smith

The New Year is set to see a decision on the future of Bodmin’s Public Rooms, with town councillors having to select one of four bids to take over the Victorian-era building.

Councillors meet on 12th January to consider presentations from:

Public Rooms Trust - facilities for community groups, a café and bar and the infrastructure to support and encourage other local activity around the town;

A four-screen cinema

Music and events venue, youth and adult club activities;

A public function room

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Bodmin's Public Rooms - a decision soon?

The building, at Mount Folly, needs considerable refurbishment and repair to bring it up to 21st century standards. The town council had previously offered to sell it for £132,500.

The debate has gripped the town for more than a year with sentiment appearing to polarise around the issues of public vs private ownership, and where best to locate a cinema. The Public Rooms Trust has won the support of several celebrities for its bid.

Bodmin once had its Palace Cinema (left) on the corner of Fore Street and Crockwell Street, which opened in 1911 and continued to show films until the 1960s when it became a bingo hall - which closed in the 1980s.

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