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IMAX site ‘should host sporting events’
THE next mayor of Bournemouth has called for an emphasis on sporting events on the site of the Imax cinema.
The Waterfront complex, which houses the Imax, is due to be demolished later this year to make way for an open air events space.
Bournemouth council, which will have spent £8.5million acquiring the building and demolishing it, wants a space suitable for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concerts, dance and drama performances, pop concerts and sports events.
Boscombe West councillor Phil Stanley-Watts, the town’s mayor-elect, pictured, said: “I’m urging that there are as many sports events there as possible and that they’re there in the winter time.
“There should be some kind of hi-tech flexible roof on the site so it could house culture and sport.
“Also it’s important that we have the maximum number of spectator spaces so as many people can use it as possible.”
The Imax was once voted England’s worst building and demolition of it should begin in the autumn to prevent disruption during the summer season.
Council leader Cllr John Beesley said last week that the council was not prepared to let it sit there in its current form and they were responding to public demand by demolishing the building now.
The events programme at the site is likely to be managed by BH Live, which operates the council’s other entertainment and leisure venues.
A report on the Imax building will go before the cabinet on April 25, when councillors will be urged to back the demolition plans.
What you think: a good idea for the town?
• ABI Kimber, 23, a bar supervisor from Christchurch, said: “I think the Imax is a bit dated. I have lived here for 23 years and I have never been in there. An open air centre sounds good.”
• EVA Rode, 44, of Boscombe and works in catering, said: “It’s lots better than it was and there are more things in there now. But it is good they are knocking it down as it ruins the view.”
• JAMES Fletcher, 40, a retail manager from Lytchett Matravers, said: “I understand it is an eyesore. I think it would have been good to have had a water park and that was one of the ideas.”