Cllr Mike Bell, the council's Leader, has written to Odeon Cinemas requesting an urgent meeting to discuss their plans for the building: "Like many others I am saddened to hear about the closure of the Odeon, having visited many times myself growing up and as an adult. It's such an iconic feature of the town, and a key cultural landmark, it would be a crying-shame to see it neglected.
"I've asked to meet Odeon representatives so that we can find out more about their plans for the building and discuss how we can ensure the building's future is a positive one.
"Weston has a growing population approaching 100,000 people, and with the right investment and promotion we believe the cinema could once again become a real destination for residents and visitors.
"We will share any updates we can when a meeting has taken place."
Weston-super-Mare is currently undergoing a cultural renaissance which is recognised by partnerships with the Arts Council and Historic England. The national SEE MONSTER installation on the seafront last year demonstrated that the town has an appetite for ambitious and interesting programming and can draw in audiences and visitors from the wider region.