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Petition to save Belfast Movie House becoming office block

By Claire Williamson

A petition has been launched to save the Movie House cinema on Belfast's Dublin Road from demolition to make way for a multi-million pound office development.

Plans are now under way to knock down the building and construct a £65m 12-storey office scheme with a capacity for 3,000 staff.

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A campaign has been launched to save the cinema stating that it would be "another nail in the coffin for the arts" in Belfast.

It says: "Any proposal to demolish this wonderful cinema would be yet another example of the rampant 'beigification' of Belfast.

"Those of us who want to save the Movie House from such shameful fate need to fight for it right now. A petition signed by 1000s of people whilst an open consultation process is ongoing may just make developers think twice about demolishing our cinema.

"We need the power of signatures to help us convince developers that the cinema is worth keeping and important to many people."

So far more than 1,800 people have signed the petition

Richland Group, headed by Gary McCausland, is behind the development.

Speaking previously Mr McCausland said: "One Bankmore Square will inject tens of millions of pounds into the local economy, create thousands of jobs, rejuvenate a very important part of Belfast city centre and add incredible value to people that live and work in Belfast and, indeed, Northern Ireland."

The development would also see the transformation of Bankmore Square, with plans to include an outdoor cinema and public art exhibitions.

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