Your chance to comment on Bournemouth IMAX building plans

Finally, your chance to have your say over the beleagured IMAX building! Bournemouth Borough Council has submitted a planning application for a new outdoor events arena to replace the beach-side eyesore and you have until 15 August to comment on the planning application. It can be viewed online at

At quick glance, the proposal looks like a good one. The building would be used for special events, everything from the arts to extreme sports.  The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Pavilion Dance have both already expressed an interest in staging performances and other potential events could include theatre performances, music and dance, sports and community events.  There could also be a range of seasonal offers including speciality markets and big screen coverage of sporting and national events.

The council believes the plans already have public support and a varied events programme could appeal to a wide range of Bournemouth residents.

Leader of the Council, Councillor John Beesley, said: “We know that local people will be glad to see the back of the IMAX building, but it is what could be in its place that is really exciting.  The results of the public consultation show that there is public support for the creation of an outdoor events arena and we are working hard to develop a programme of events that will appeal to everyone.

“We want this to be a facility that local people and visitors will want to use and enjoy. Although this is an interim proposal until the Bournemouth Development Company can come forward with comprehensive plans for the wider area, there is no reason why a quality outdoor events space could not form part of these long-term plans if it proves to be a popular attraction.”

Artist impressions of the proposed outdoor events arena will be available shortly and we will upload them as soon as they become available.



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  1. Dave
    July 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    Outdoor events, I’d recommend a roof haha

  2. Suzi
    July 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    Agreed! Fred and I want to turn it into the Bournemouth News & Info office – everyone is welcome for #technotuesdays and general geeking around.

  3. July 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm — Reply

    +1 for the roof!

  4. Margaret Traves
    July 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm — Reply

    The last thing Bournemouth wants is an “Outside Arena”. This disastrous wet summer is a good example of what our English weather can be! There is already a children’s adventure playground in the building. Add a swimming pool, ice rink, open roof terrace with cafes and restaurants. Bournemouth has been crying out for an “All Weather Indoor facility” for years.

  5. August 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm — Reply

    Put a roof over the whole thing with little shops,bars, bistros, and a balcony. There could be a stage for performers to just turn up and busk, It could be Bournemouths answer to Covent Garden,With somewhere to go when its Raining.How good would that be!

  6. Suzi
    August 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm — Reply

    That would be fantastic. It goes with the whole ethos and atmosphere of the gardens, too.

  7. Suzi
    September 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm — Reply

    Can’t wait to watch this sucker come down

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