osses released new plans for a us$ 22.4 million multi-entertainment casino with a restaurant, conference rooms, live music space and a disco. But the application was denied by Leeds City Council. Judge Jenny Kershaw at Leeds Crown Court has now turned down a subsequent appeal, with her reasons due to be made public at the end of the month.
Site owners Waterside Limited – a partnership between Luminar Group Holdings plc and French hotel and casino group Lucien Barriere – say they will now review their options.
Kevin Grady, director of Leeds Civic Trust which aims to protect the city's heritage, would like to see a live music venue opened in its place. He says this would bring added "animation" to City Square.
"Clearly it is an entertainment venue," he said about the imposing and spacious windowless venue. "It always has been and that's certainly what I would hope to see it being used as in the future."
The building was opened in 1922 as the Majestic Cinema with a 2,392 capacity – making it one of the biggest film theatres in the country. In 1969 it became a bingo hall, with Majestyk nightclub opening in 1993.
Its closure on Saturday June 10, 2006 also spelt the end for Jumpin Jaks – a smaller basement club attached to the club.
Grady said in a statement: "The people of Leeds are constantly crying out for more live music venues in the city centre. We want more animation in City Square, and that would work."
Andrew Duckworth, spokesman for Luminar, said: "We are of course very disappointed at the outcome and believe that this is the wrong decision. "Our proposal was about providing something truly new to the people of Leeds, generating new jobs in the area and also helping complete the regeneration of Leeds City Square."
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