Neighbours’ fears over cinema plan

NILABE110628e2, Ilkeston streets of change, Scala cinema.
NILABE110628e2, Ilkeston streets of change, Scala cinema.

Scala Cinema’s 100th anniversary plans to serve alcohol to film-goers and show midnight screenings have upset neighbours.

Notices were put up at the Burns Street cinema earlier in the summer notifying residents that it plans to open until 2.30am and serve booze until 12midnight.

A total of 11 neighbours wrote to Erewash Borough Council to complain which means a meeting will now be held at Ilkeston Town Hall to discuss the plans.

Most neighbours objected on the grounds that it could cause increased noise.

Ian Roberts, 73, of Burns Street, said he was ‘a prisoner in his own home’ because of anti-social behaviour already caused by the many Market Place area pubs.

But Reel Cinemas, which owns the Scala, is set to agree at the meeting on Wednesday September 11 to serve a maximum of two drinks per ticket holder, install CCTV along with other measures.