Council confirm buyer found for Theatr Elli
THE historic Theatr Elli building has been sold, Carmarthenshire Council has revealed.
With the under offer signs now taken down, the council has revealed that a buyer has been found for the Grade II listed Station Road theatre.
A statement from the council's head of corporate property, Jonathan Fearn, said: "We have agreed terms to sell the property and will confirm details once completed later in the year.
"The sale is to the purchaser previously agreed by the executive board."
One of the companies that had expressed an interest in the building was Llanelli-based fitness company, FitSlim.
In March, a spokesman for FitSlim said confirmed that discussions had taken place.
Now, the spokesman has said: "We are not in a position to discuss this at the moment."
The stage lights went down at Theatr Elli in July last year, and when the building went on the market in March many hoped it could be given a new lease of life.
The entertainment centre was built and opened as an Odeon cinema in June 1938 with a 1,300 seat hall.
In 2010, it became a Grade II listed building in an attempt to preserve its art deco design.
Chairman of Llanelli Community Heritage John Wynne Hopkins has hailed the announcement as "great news".
He said: "For us, if it has a buyer who is going to preserve the building, as a group, we would be more than delighted."
Mr Hopkins said that to his knowledge Theatr Elli was one of only two theatres of its type left in the whole of Wales.
"We were talking about it recently and we were all getting very worried about it," he said.
"It would be nice to see it preserved as in Llanelli we are losing so much."
The group's vice chairman, Lyn John also welcomed the news.
He said: "At last something is going to be done to the building, and let's hope that it's something that is going to be good for the people of Llanelli."