Beauty salon

Beauty salon in Cornwall to serve alcohol in private cinema in Truro

A beauty salon has been given permission to launch a new service where people can watch movies in a private cinema and enjoy alcoholic beverages.

No 3 Lash and Brow House in Nalders Court, Truro, has obtained a premises license from Cornwall Council.

The license application was presented to the council’s licensing law subcommittee and was unanimously approved. There had been an objection from an anonymous objector who claimed that approval of the application would cause noise and public nuisance.

It was also explained that Truro is a cumulative impact area, which allows licensing authorities to limit the number of premises allowed in the area and the opponent said it was not appropriate to grant another license.

However, the committee heard from Keira Latham-Byrne, owner of the salon, who explained that the nature of the business meant it would meet licensing targets and there was no chance of public nuisance.

She explained that she had owned the business for over nine years and had previously operated a champagne and nail bar from another location in Truro, and had recently moved to Nalders Short.

“I hope I will diversify, partly because the current economic climate has not been favorable to us and because it is such a large building and we want to use the space. It will mainly be used by customers or friends and family.

An adviser asked if there was a demand for film screenings among clients, to which Keira replied: “A lot of them have moved here from London; in London it’s very popular to have this as a private venue for the evening, especially for couples who want a more romantic setting than going to the cinema. Or it can be used by families or for young women who want a little more privacy and time together rather than a cinema.

The salon owner said she had never had any issues with the police or environmental health at her previous licensed premises and said it was unlikely there would be any noise issues as it is would act as a silent cinema with headphones for those watching the movies.


In response to a question, she explained that she had permission to screen films and would follow all British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) ratings on all films screened.

The anonymous objector did not attend the committee meeting to explain the reasons for his objections, but the committee had read them all before the hearing.

In its decision, the committee said it had considered all the evidence provided and noted that no submissions had been received from the competent authorities. They said the applicant had demonstrated that it would meet the objectives of the license and that, although Truro was a cumulative impact area, it did not consider the show to have any impact on this.