FONTGATE: ….AND ON FACEBOOK
Comments on the Picture Palace Campaign’s Facebook page include:
Chris Humphries: FFS Bromley it’s a b***** church!
Sue Allison: KICC clearly have friends in high places. Disgraceful.
Samina Yaqub: Absolutely disgraceful! What more evidence does the council need??
Beck Davies: (on the discovery of the font): OMG it was hidden under the stage? This is ridiculous!
Curtis Butler: No Integrity whatsoever!!. I guess the first commandment at KICC is to lie!
Liz Goode: They should be forced out of the building. Maybe they do have friends in high places Bromley Council should be ashamed of stripping our community from something we would love.
Dustan Steer: This cinema is going to have the best Rocky Horror sing-a-long nights
Kat Campbell: I think I’m missing something. It’s obviously a church, as it’s been taken over by KICC. What else would they want to use it for?
Clare Johnson: I am a little with Kat here. Although I would much prefer that the building were used as a cinema …it currently belongs to a religious organisation (they won the lease) and is therefore likely to be used for religious purposes.
Is the Picture Palace Campaign (return a cinema to Crystal Palace) fighting for the KICC to relinquish their lease of the building? Is this a possibility? If so, which body is in line to take it on as a cinema? Is there a business backing the campaign which is interested in taking on the lease, e.g. City Screen?
I worry that this is as much about being against evangelical Christian communities as it is about regaining the cinema. After all, if there was such a desire for the building to be restored to its proper use, why wasn’t the campaign in full swing before the bid was won by the church?
(Editor’s note: Cinema building was sold in a secret deal. Picture Palace Campaign formed after it was publicly announced a church had acquired the building.)
Clare Johnson This article perhaps exposes my ignorance and naivety:http://www.newsfromcrystalpalace.co.uk/opposition-church…/
OPPOSITION TO CHURCH PLANS ‘NOT ANTI-RELIGIOUS’ – COUNCILLOR – News…
(Clare – Welcome to News From Crystal Palace! – Editor)
Hywel Morgan: Thanks for sharing that, Claire. It really helps to contextualise the situation. I believe that the Picturehouse chain were, (and still are) interested in taking over the building but until the council finally call time on KICC’s attempts to officially change the use of the Cinema to a place of worship, it seems nothing can be done.
It’s the underhand, disingenuous manner in which KICC have acted that angers me.
Curtis Butler: In a way I am glad that usage has been attached to this building, otherwise there would be no way of stopping this?! This building MUST be put back in use for the LOCAL community! Bromley council should sue them for improper use!