Disabled access problems at cinema

  • August 3, 2008
  • Bruce Bromley

Published Date: 27 July 2008
Skegness Standard By Patrick O’Kane

DISABLED cinemagoers are still unable to use the Tower Cinema, Lumley Road, Skegness, but plans are being discussed to enable viewing for all.

Joyce Cooper, of Horham, Suffolk, brought her parents Alan and Nora King to Skegness, and they visited the Tower Cinema.
Unfortunately, they were unable to see the latest Narnia film, as neither Mr or Mrs King could use the stairs.

Mrs Cooper said: “My father had looked forward to seeing the new Narnia film on the big screen but I was extremely disappointed to discover that the town cinema has no facilities for disabled people, either access or toilets.”

Teen Spirit Ltd, which owns the cinema, says it is working with GD Architectural of Skegness to bring forward plans to create access for disabled film fans.

Plans were sent to East Lindsey District Council about three months ago.

Mr Walter Sheeran, from Teen Spirit said: “Planners said they did like the scheme but that it is not in keeping with Lumley Road. We are going back to the architects to get the right scheme put together.

“We hope to put in an extra two screens and a lift as soon as we can get a scheme together after receiving the council’s go ahead.

“We certainly want our customers to be patient. The cinema will be an asset for the town, for holidaymakers and local people alike.”

He explained the Disability Discrimination Act states that if it is not commercially viable to install access, a business does not have to, but said Teen Spirit is striving to offer access.

The cinema provides letters to disabled customers explaining their situation on access for disabled people.