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The Arthouse cinema in the former Salvation Army citadel is in the course of preparation, while there is a planning application in for a four screen Picturehouse cinema on the Rosebery House site. Not everyone is welcoming both of these with open arms. Please complete our tiny survey on the right hand side of this page. 

The following text is taken from the Ham and High Broadway

Plans for a four-screen cinema in Crouch End have split opinion with many welcoming the proposals but others fearing a wave of late-night noise and parking chaos.

Plans for second Crouch End cinema

Cinema chain Picturehouse has put a planning application into Haringey Council asking for permission to turn unsightly office blocks in Tottenham Lane into a brand new four-screen cinema with bar and café.

If agreed, the 590-seat venue would open just six doors down from a separate arthouse cinema which is due to launch in a few months.

Mark Radice, of Rosebery Gardens, said: “Given that the ArtHouse Cinema and Theatre is due to open in the coming months only doors up the road from this proposed cinema, it is impossible to imagine how this can be logistically sensible.”

Others voiced fears about increased traffic and visitors to the area – claiming residents would suffer through lack of parking and late night showings could see people spilling out after 10.30pm at night.

Tom Hill, of Rosebery Gardens, said: “I live within earshot of the proposed new cinema and the parking, traffic and noise from buses on Tottenham Lane is already very loud and incredibly noisy.

“This proposed cinema will undoubtedly make parking much worse for all local residents and bring additional traffic and noise to an already fairly busy area of Crouch End.”

So far, the plans have had more than 100 responses to the consultation – but not all have been against with many voicing their approval.

Management of the Dragon Restaurant in Park Road said they hoped it would boost business, while other residents spoke about the need for more entertainment in the area.

Yisha Xue, of Fairfield Road, said: “I would really like a good cinema just round the corner. I am always busy with work and having somewhere for entertainment and relaxation just round the corner would be very nice.”

A spokesman for Haringey Council said they would not comment on a live application.

Picturehouse cinemas did not respond to a request for a response to resident’s fears from the Broadway.

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