CJ Cinema Property Update (UK) – Wednesday 2 August 2017

By Patrick von Sychowski | August 2, 2017 3:29 am PDT

Cineworld 12 screens in Bracknell and Monks Cross in York 2019; The Light new Dundee Wellgate plans; Grantham now five screens only; Havefordwest plans approved; Odeon Merry Hill move plan; Empire Sutton refurb plans; Reel Burnely September opening; Rio £40K grant.


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UK – 15 September is the opening date of the new Cineworld multiplex in Bracknell. The 12-screen cinema in The Lexicon (pictured above) will open two weeks after the shopping centre. It will have 4DX, the 10th cinema in the UK to offer it and be Cineworld’s 11th cinema in the Thames Valley. GetReading – 26 July 2017

Monks Cross cinema plans in York. (image: artist's impression)

Monks Cross cinema plans in York. (image: artist’s impression)

UK – A new Cineworld multiplex will be part of the Monks Cross development in York. The multiplex will include an Imax screen, as well as five restaurants and three retail units. There will also be leisure facilities, such as a pool and sports hall. The complex is set for opening in 2019. Minster FM – 19 July 2017

Wellgate brochure cinema plans. (image: artist's impression)

Wellgate brochure cinema plans. (image: artist’s impression)

UK (Scotland) – The Light has re-submitted plans for a multiplex in Dundee’s The Wellgate that now includes an Imax screen. The plan for the old BHS centre saw a gym move in and the re-jigged plans are said to be better and create space for an Imax as part of the nine screens, with 800-900 luxury recliners. Evening Telegraph -28 July 2017

Proposed Grantham multiplex. (image: artist's impression)

Proposed Grantham multiplex. (image: artist’s impression)

UK – Grantham Council has approved plans that reduces the number of screens from six to five for the town’s proposed multiplex on the site of the soon-to-be-demolished Reel cinema. Seating has been reduced from 1,000 to 705. The new cinema is expected to be completed and open before the end of 2018. Grantham Journal – 31 July 2017

Premiere Cinemas in Haverfordwest - but careful with that river. (image: artist's impression)

Premiere Cinemas in Haverfordwest – but careful with that river. (image: artist’s impression)

UK – More details about the plans for a five-screen 500-seat cinema in Haverfordwest. “The restaurants and cinema entrance will be on the ground floor of the two-storey building with the main cinema above.” The cinema is set to be built on the site of the old Wilco store. There is a flood risk, though this is unlikely to influence the Planning Committee that met on Tuesday this week. UPDATE: Approval has now been given by the Council for the plan to go ahead. Western Telegraph – 26 July 2017

The proposed MErry Hill extension. (image: artist's impression)

The proposed Merry Hill extension. (image: artist’s impression)

UK – Odeon’s cinema in Birmingham’s Merry Hill is set to close and re-open in a new part of the complex. Owner Intu wants to construct a new extension that would house the Odeon and several restaurants. A planning application will lodged with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council later this year. Birmingham Mail – 31 July 2017

Re-furb / Re-opening

A new front for Empire Sutton. (image: artist's impression)

A new front for Empire Sutton. (image: artist’s impression)

UK – Details have been revealed for the planned refurbishment of the Empire cinema in Sutton. “The firm has formally applied to Sutton Council for permission for refurbishments which include restaurants and cafes to replace the existing assembly and leisure area. The cinema, based in St Nicholas Way, is also hoping to design a new frontage for the building and to implement new entrance doors and an overhead canopy.” The cinema, which opened 25 years ago, has been closed since 4 June. Your Local Guardian – 25 July 2017

New foyer for Reel Cinema in Burnley. (photo: Burnley Express)

New foyer for Reel Cinema in Burnley. (photo: Burnley Express)

UK – The revamped Reel Cinema in Burnley is set to be revealed in September. The work has been going on in two phases while the cinema has been kept open. Reel acquired the cinema in 2013 and has been replacing seats, fitted a new foyer, new toilets, carpeting, lighting and more. Separate work is going on for the drive-thru Burger King in the same building. Burnley Express – 27 July 2017

Rio Cinema London

Rio Cinema London (photo: Time Out London)

UK – East London’s Rio cinema has received GBP £40,000 from the London Mayors Regeneration Fund to help pay for the planned restoration and second screen. Screen Daily – 27 July 2017

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Patrick was a Senior Analyst at Screen Digest, went on to launch the digital cinema operations of Unique and Deluxe Europe, then digitised Bollywood at Adlabs/RMW, and now writes, consults and appears on panels about cinema all over the world.
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