Trustees of a historic theatre and cinema in Selsey have unveiled plans to restore it to its former glory.
The Pavilion Theatre on Selsey High Street was built in 1913, but fell into disrepair since closing in the 1960s.
After public consultation, revised plans by local architects Douglas Briggs Partnership, and in collaboration with the Selsey Pavilion Trust, have been submitted to Chichester District Council.
The iconic building is on the Theatres Trust ‘at risk’ register and a planning application has been submitted for the theatre and coffee shop to be restored as a social and cultural venue for local residents and visitors to Selsey.
The mission is to restore it to modern standards and conserve its much loved historic atmosphere.
It is envisaged that the theatre will become a multifunctional community and performance space.
The Art Deco High Street frontage will be restored, and plans include a 150 seat auditorium, disabled access, and improvements to facilities for the public and for performers.
Trustee and Selsey resident Christian Skelton believes it is an exciting time for the project. He said: “We believe the restoration will make a positive contribution to the local community and character of the conservation area.
“The plans are impressive and Selsey Town Council have already reserved £35,000 to assist with the regeneration of the theatre.
“We’ve had so much interest and support from local people who see the theatre as part of Selsey’s heritage. Bringing it back to life will make the High Street a more vibrant place.”