Bid for public art at historic Crawley site

Sketches of public art proposals
Sketches of public art proposals

A bid for public art at an historic Crawley site has been made.

Boards with images of the town’s first picture house could be installed where it stood near the level crossing in 5 to 7 Brighton Road.

jpco-26-9-12 Old Imperial Cinema, Brighton Road (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120121113133913

jpco-26-9-12 Old Imperial Cinema, Brighton Road (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120121113133913

PMC Construction & Development Services Ltd made the proposals in an amendment to a previous application for a landscaping scheme in the Brighton Road Conservation area.

The Imperial Picture House, which was built in 1909, reopened as the Imperial Cinema after it suffered massive damage during a fire in 1928.

The building which housed it was a Peugeot garage before Crawley Borough Council approved a bid to partly knock it down and turn it into homes in 2009.

The facade of the old cinema was retained.

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