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Cinema crusader Pixie's bought the T-shirt

PUBLISHED: 18:27 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 12 August 2010

ON BOARD: Pixie with the campaigning T-shirt.

ON BOARD: Pixie with the campaigning T-shirt.

POP princess Pixie Lott has revealed exclusively to the Times that she would be happy to perform at the opening of a cinema if it gets the go ahead. The 18-year-old has joined Hollywood director Spike Jonze in throwing their weight behind a campaign for

POP princess Pixie Lott has revealed exclusively to the Times that she would be happy to perform at the opening of a cinema if it gets the go ahead.

The 18-year-old has joined Hollywood director Spike Jonze in throwing their weight behind a campaign for a picture house in the old Gala bingo hall in Church Road, Crystal Palace, instead of a church.

Mr Jonze, who directed Being John Malkovich, was pictured wearing a 'Support a cinema for Crystal Palace' T-shirt while former Bickley resident Miss Lott, who was No.1 in the charts last week with her single Boys and Girls, was photographed backstage at V Festival with one.

The former pupil at the Italia Conti Associate School in Chislehurst said: "It would be wicked have a cinema in Crystal Palace. I'm all for supporting local causes.

"I love going to the cinema, it's one of my faves. I like scary films and comedies and romantic comedies."

Asked whether she would be happy to open the cinema if it got the go ahead, she said: "Yes definitely, if it fitted in with my schedule. I'm up for doing anything that supports local issues. That sounds good to me."

Meanwhile Mr Jonze, who also directed Adaptation starring Nicolas Cage, said: "Give Crystal Palace a cinema or we'll all end up watching movies in the mall. What a bummer."

Thousands of people have joined the Picture Palace campaign, set up by a group of residents and traders.

The celebrities backing has added momentum to the ongoing battle for the site which was bought by Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in June.

It submitted a planning application to change the use of the cinema from leisure to worship on September 14. Bromley council sent consultation documents out last Wednesday to residents and business owners who now have until October 1 to make their views known.

Liberal Democrat councillor for Crystal Palace John Canvin, who was elected in 2002, said: "I have never had so much correspondence on one topic. I have received loads of letters and e-mails. I'm all for a cinema. It will fill a need for the community.

Speaking about the celebrities' support, Mr Canvin added: "I'm sure it will add to the campaign."

A Bromley council spokesperson said: "An application for change of use at the Church Road site was received earlier this month and will be subject to the normal consultation process which is currently underway.

"Comments received will be taken into account when the planning committee considers the application later this year."

At the time of going to press, KICC was unavailable for comment.

For more information about the campaign visit picture-palace.org.

kate.nelson@archant.co.uk

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