The UK’s first and oldest multiplex is set to be demolished, some 30 years after it first opened.
The Point, which resembles a giant red pyramid, was built in 1985 but the site is now set for retail development.
Campaigners have been lobbying to retain the structure, but planners have recommended the scheme be approved at a meeting on Thursday.
Site owners have said their proposals would “kick-start” local investment.
While there have been renewed calls for the building to stay intact as an important cultural site, plans to demolish it have been in the pipeline since 2012. LINK
While ambitious for its time – much like Milton Keynes’ itself, UK’s first purpose-built city after the Second World War – Odeon’s first attempt at a multiplex does not inspire much love these days. It was where budget airline easyJet’s founder tried the concept of budget cinema (easyCinema) a decade ago:
EasyCinema, part of Greek entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s no-frills empire easyGroup, will sell tickets for as low as 20p if booked a month in advance, applying the company’s yield management pricing structure used in businesses ranging from car rentals to plane tickets. Prices will rise nearer showtime.
The Point, which will start showing films at the end of May this year, will have no box office: tickets will be sold online at www.easycinema.com, and there will be a computer to purchase tickets in the lobby. Savings will be made by reduced staff numbers. LINK
But without digital such staff/cost reduction proved elusive, although these days rivals such as Vue have pushed hard into self-service ticketing. EasyCinema also shot itself in the financial foot by refusing to sell concession (presumably to save on cleaning staff), leading to others selling popcorn and sweets outside the cinema.
USA: More and more cinemas are looking to expand their offerings with alcohol and fine dining.
Muskegon-area moviegoers who frequent the area’s largest theater complex will likely have access to a new menu and in-service in the next year.
Celebration Banquets LLC has applied for a Quota Class C Liquor License in the City of Norton Shores for the Cinema Carousel theater complex it operates at 4289 Grand Haven Rd.
The Loeks Theatres, Inc.-affiliated, Grand Rapids-based company is planning a three part, $2.2 million project that will include renovating the auditoriums and adding new food and several beer, wine and cocktail selections to its current offerings. LINK
City Administrator Mark Meyer is quoted as saying, “I think the intention here is to not just have another bar or restaurant, so to speak. We really want to have something unique in the community.”
Laser: Christie Digital has announced that it will showcase its latest laser projection technology, using six primary colour lasers.
Christie® today announced upcoming demonstrations of the world’s most advanced laser projection architecture and Dolby® 3D, to be held in the Christie Innovation Theaters throughout CinemaCon 2014 (Caesars Palace, March 24-27) and the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 5-10).
Christie DLP Cinema® laser projectors using 6-Primary (6P) color laser modules, earmarked for mass production in early 2015, will show how 3D light levels, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, especially when combined with advanced separation technology like Dolby 3D, versus conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today.
Christie is right to point out that audiences are put off by dim 3D projection and that a premium charge should go hand-in-hand with a premium experience. LINK