Stefanie Fischer discusses the contribution made by independent cinemas to the night-time economy in town centres with RTPI Young Planners

Stefanie Fischer gave a talk at RTPI Young Planners' bi-annual meeting on the contribution made by independent cinema to the night-time economy, sustainable economic regeneration, improved trading for local businesses and the kickstarting of creative industry clusters.

  Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham

Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham

She also discussed how independent cinemas can act as a driver for mixed use development and high street regeneration and provide natural security and improve public realm. Stefanie cited examples of how BFF projects, such as the Depot Lewes, Broadway Nottingham, the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre Prestatyn, Campbeltown Picturehouse and Newlyn Filmhouse, had led to these benefits.

  Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn

Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn

Following their meeting, Luke Coffey MRTPI, RTPI Young Planner of the Year said:

“It’s clear proactive planning can play a key role in creating a vibrant, safe and diverse night time economy – not just in London but in cities and towns across the UK. The challenge for us, as young planners, is to put the preservation and enhancement of the cultural component of place at the heart of what we do to ensure that it is not an afterthought.”

Read more here.