Planning permission has been given for one of the screens at Uckfield Picture House to be used as a wedding venue.
Wealden Council approved the plan saying it was not considered the proposals would result in additional traffic or demand for parking, and since no internal or external alterations are proposed there would not be any impact on the character of the street scene or the designated Uckfield Conservation Area.
Proposed opening hours are 10am-11pm Monday to Sunday, including Bank/Public Holidays and the council says that since there do not appear to be any existing planning conditions restricting the hours of operation of the cinema it is not considered there would be any adverse impact on the amenities of neighbouring properties.
From our original story on January 3, 2018: Screen 2 – which cinema-goers will know is off to the left and upstairs as you enter the foyer – used to be the circle/balcony before refurbishment of the building.
Owner Kevin Markwick says, in a planning application before Wealden Council, that it can seat 75 people.
There are no plans to change either the inside or the outside of The Picture House and films will still be shown in Screen 2.
Kevin said the wedding venue idea had been discussed for some time and then a county registrar suggested they push on with it.
He said: “It’s not the cheapest thing in the world to set up, a licence costs about £3,000, but we would be able to offer the whole package, venue and catering.”
He guessed it would be cinema buffs who would choose the venue but said they would have to wait and see whether people liked the idea of getting married there. “It is a unique venue and we hope the planning application will go through.”
The Picture House, which is at the top of Uckfield High Street, celebrated its centenary in 2016.
Originally it was one screen and was converted to two screens by the current owners in 1979. In 1985 the foyer was extended and in 2000 a third screen was built in an extension to the cinema.
Between 2014 and 2016 all three screens and the foyer were refurbished.