UK: Cineworld Didsbury near Manchester has allegedly had some particularly unwelcome visitors recently: cockroaches. More worryingly, some staff claim the cinema is hushing up the issue:
The M.E.N. [Manchester Evening News] was alerted by a concerned member of staff, who said cockroaches had been a long-standing problem.
The worker, who also claimed staff were told to keep quiet about the outbreak, said: “Customers have seen them. Staff have raised it lots of times but they have been told that they have to keep quiet. Staff have complained to managers but have been told not to say anything to the wider public.
“The cinema hasn’t closed once. Cockroaches have been seen in the food area and the bar. I have seen them crawling in a sink. It is absolutely disgusting and we have to work in it.”
The cinema wouldn’t comment on claims that its staff were told to keep the outbreak under wraps.
Apparently it is not the first time that pest control has been called in to the 11-screen multiplex, though the cinema’s management claim to be on top of the situation, as quoted in M.E.N.:
They said they are ‘confident’ the outbreak is fully under control and would be ‘resolved shortly’.
Bosses said health and safety was of ‘utmost importance’.
Manchester city council said it was informed by the cinema of a ‘low-level infestation’ last October.
Cineworld Didsbury’s own website boasts:
Cineworld Didsbury contains licensed bars, perfect as a breakout space for meetings or a drinks reception to round off the day. Our professional caterers can provide anything from pastries on arrival to a full hot buffet, and we can offer fantastic corporate deals on refreshments.
Let’s hope the cleaning staff and routines are equally up to scratch. . LINK
UK: Cineworld hasn’t had the best of quarters, with profits dragged down by the merger with Picturehouse (more on that in the next item).
Britain’s largest cinema operator Cineworld Group Plc <CINE.L> said full-year pretax profit fell 19.3 percent, hurt by transaction and reorganisation costs related to a recent acquisition and a regulatory probe.
Cineworld said pretax profit fell to 30.9 million pounds ($51.7 million) in the year ended December 26, from 38.3 million pounds a year earlier.
Revenue rose 13.2 percent to 406.1 million pounds at the only listed cinema chain in the UK. LINK
UK: Cineworld has had to sell one of its cinemas in Aberdeen over competition issues related to the Picturehouse Cinemas takeover:
But today, Aberdeen City Council once again announced that the Belmont Cinema would be taken over by new bosses.
Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) are the parent company of the Edinburgh-based Filmhouse cinema and will begin operating the Belmont from the start of next month.
The move comes after Cineworld, who own the Picturehouse Cinemas group, were forced to sell one of their Aberdeen properties by the Competition Commission.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that The Centre for the Moving Image, which manages the Filmhouse in Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, has been selected as the preferred bidder for the operation of the Belmont Media Centre. LINK
UK: An independent cinema in Norfolk is abolishing its Monday promotion (GBP £3) and instead cutting the prices on all shows to just GBP £4.
Film fans will soon be able to see the latest screenings at a reduced price – thanks to Lynn’s Majestic Cinema’s bid to support businesses by bringing crowds back to the town centre.
Cutting the standard price of tickets by more than a third, the team are hoping to encourage more to venture into the town centre to watch the latest releases on the big screen.
Manager Tom Cundy said: “We want to offer a price that is affordable to everyone, we think our prices are already good but now we want to encourage more people to come back to the town centre.
An interesting and bold experiment. One that we will track. LINK