MYSTERY surrounds the appearance of an estate agent’s board on the front of the former Odeon cinema.
Legat Owen, which is marketing the property, was unwilling to elaborate on the sign which invites ‘All Enquiries’.
Owners, the Brook Group, previously submitted plans for a nightclub within the building as well as a small cinema, but is also refusing to comment.
Brook’s last scheme was withdrawn following objections from The Odeon Action group, among others, who would prefer a cultural venue – given the absence of a theatre and cinema – rather than what they view as another drinking establishment.
Former city MP Christine Russell, who has led the action group, has seen recent activity at the site when the door was open and will be endeavouring to find out what is going on.
She added: “There are two independent cinema chains which have expressed an interest – Reel and City Screen – although that may no longer be the case.”
Rachel Dison from the action group said: “It was a surprise to see this notice up but I don’t know what it means in real terms.”
Brook has always insisted it is reluctant to sell the building and won’t discuss its latest thinking. Gary Hunt, chief operating officer for the leisure company, did not wish to comment.
Llyr Emanuel of estate agents Legat Owen said his firm had been asked to advise on the property but could not say any more at this stage.
Cllr Richard Short, executive member for culture and recreation, said Cheshire West and Chester Council had previously expressed an interest in the building but the figure Brook came back with was too high at what he recalls was about £2.7m.