Curtain drawn on former cinema demolition plans

posted 7 May 2011, 04:32 by Alistar Frater
A controversial proposal to demolish the auditorium of the former Odeon in Clerk Street is set to be refused by planners.

The scheme would see developer Duddingston House Properties (DHP) knock down the B-listed art deco auditorium, restore the front part of the building and convert it into a hotel.

But city planners have said the auditorium is economically viable, is of special architectural interest and that DHP's valuation was unrealistic.

DHP said the planning report contained factual errors and the firm was taking legal and other advice over the decision to distribute it.

Last year, the firm was ordered by a Scottish Government reporter to put the cinema back on the market to try and find a buyer that would restore the entire building, but no bidders came close to DHP's valuation of £2.83 million, or a reduced later price of £2.5m.

Full story from Edinburgh Evening News