Restoration plans for historic Selsey theatre boosted by grant

Selsey Pavilion in the High Street has fallen into disrepair
Selsey Pavilion in the High Street has fallen into disrepair

A historic theatre and cinema in Selsey has been awarded a grant to help restore it to its former glory.

Selsey Pavilion in the High Street was built in 1913, but has fallen into disrepair since closing its doors in the 1960s.

It will receive £35,000 from Selsey Town Council’s community fund and is the first milestone in a proposed restoration programme, spearheaded by Selsey Pavilion Trust.

The trustees plan to revitalise the pavilion as a modern, multi-functional space.

Trustee and local resident Neil Kimber said: “The pavilion is part of Selsey’s cultural heritage. “There’s a real sense of community with local people, but with the arrival of Asda, we’re keen to keep the High Street as a community hub.”

Plans involve restoring the pavilion so the people of Selsey can enjoy and take pride in it, the trust said.

The trustees are aiming for the venue to be an asset to Selsey. Some of the original features have been retained, and a time capsule has been unearthed dating back to the 1930s.

A planning application to redevelop it into a cinema, theatre, function hall as well as bar and takeaway food facilities was withdrawn in April this year for further work and is expected to be resubmitted in the near future.

Selsey Pavilion Trust plans to give updates on its Facebook page.

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