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New offers to run Wolverhampton's Light House Cinema submitted weeks after venue closes

Wolverhampton's Light House Cinema may re-open to the public within months after the city council received new offers to run the venue.

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The Lighthouse Cinema and Cafe has closed

The venue closed earlier this month after more than 30 years of trading with Wolverhampton Council saying it had provided £330,000 of funding support over the last decade, but debt levels were 'unsustainable'.

On Friday council leader Ian Brookfield said three expressions of interest had been made for the independent facility in the Chubb Buildings since the charity operators ceased trading.

But he said the offers were limited to re-opening the cinema only and not the bar and cafe which had "significant debts".

He said: "We have already had three expressions of interest to open it. They are serious players including a Birmingham company, whom of course we can't name. The offers are to open the cinema only. The bar has significant debts associated with it and we cannot do anything about it."

He added that after a bidding process the cinema may reopen within 12 months.

Almost 6,000 supporters have signed a petition calling for it to reopen. So far 5,735 have backed the online campaign