The Redoubt Cinema which was due to open in the spring, will now remain closed for 2021.

The intimate movie theatre inside one of the fortress’s many casemates, was originally due to open in 2020, however has remained closed due to the pandemic.

The cinema was due to show a wide range of cult classics, family favourites and some more recent releases too, running from spring into the autumn.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “We are eager to open this cosy little movie theatre and get the popcorn popping, however it would not be sensible to open at this stage.

The intimate nature of the theatre and the historical fortress setting does not feasibly allow for one-way systems or social distancing measures that would be economically viable at this time. 

As distancing measures ease, the process of smaller venues returning to normal may take a little more time.  We want to be confident that when we finally reopen the venue that people will feel safe and will enjoy their experience, returning time and time again.

With so many more activities on offer, particularly our events programme, Bandstand concerts and theatres shows in our bigger auditoriums, this feels like the sensible thing to do.” 

The fortress will remain closed for 2021, however the neighbouring Pavilion will reopen in the spring following a full refurbishment with a large café, bar and outdoor terrace overlooking the Pavilion gardens, serving food and drinks into the evening.

For more information on the Redoubt visit www.eastbourneredoubt.co.uk.