Welcome to the Picture Palace Campaign

The Picture Palace Campaign is the campaign to restore the cinema to Crystal Palace for the benefit of the whole community. We believe a new cinema will be a resource to improve the quality of life in and beyond Crystal Palace. Cinema mixes commerce and culture, art and entertainment. The right cinema provides something for everyone.

We will work to bring the whole community together to support the development of a new cinema for Crystal Palace.

We are a community-led campaign supported by local residents, traders, our ward councillors, London Assembly members and local MPs.

We have successfully campaigned to ‘Save 25 Church Road‘ from ‘change of use’ to a Place of Worship, first in 2009 and again earlier this year in March 2015.

Built originally as the Rialto cinema, 25 Church Road is the last remaining dedicated D2 ‘Assembly & leisure’ venue and only registered ‘Asset of Community Value‘ in Crystal Palace. We would love to see a cinema restored there and are working towards this whilst continuing to explore all other opportunities for a cinema in Crystal Palace.

Kingsway International Christian Centre, a religious charity, purchased the building in 2009 taking it out of leisure use for the first time in over eighty years. In September 2015, they lodged an appeal against Bromley council’s refusal of planning permission involving the change of use of 25 Church Road from Use Class D2 (Assembly and leisure) to mixed-use comprising Class D1 (Place of Worship, Conference and Non Residential religious education and training centre) and Class D2 (Assembly and Leisure) use.

We have until 5pm on Monday 16 November to submit our further objections.

5pm 16 November Latest news! Target reached! The campaign team would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has dug deep and donated so very generously to our Appeal Fund. We have been overwhelmed by your support. Thank you so much. The Appeal Fund will remain open for a few more days so that we can build up a small reserve for any other future eventualities and costs associated with the running of our website and mailchimp account. Thank you again. We would not be here without you!

15 November 2015 – PLANNING APPEAL FUND – PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY MAKING A SMALL DONATION TO THE CAMPAIGN. The Picture Palace Campaign have had to move fast to respond to KICC’s appeal. We have sought some advice from a planning consultancy to help us prepare our rebuttal to KICC’s grounds for appeal against refusal of planning permission. The advice was fantastic but even with a very generous discount on fees, we need to raise £900. We used up all our reserve (funded by your very generous past donations) fighting the last planning application. So, please, if you can, help us keep going with a small donation. Thank you for your support. We wouldn’t be here without it!

8 November 2015 – Latest news! Please make a representation to KICC’s appeal now! Deadline for comments to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate is 5pm Monday 16 November

6 March 2015 – Latest news! PLANNING APPLICATION REFUSED! Bromley council refuses (again) proposals for a church at 25 Church Road

1 March 2015 – Local community overwhelmingly rejects latest proposals for ‘change of use’ of 25 Church Road. Over 7,000 signatures on our petition and 1650 individual objections!

Please take the time to look at the video local residents made in 2009 which captures how locals feel about the possibility of a cinema returning to Crystal Palace.

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