The Backlot Cinema & Diner Announces Opening Date Ahead of Easter Holidays

The Backlot Cinema & Diner, Blackpool, UK, will be opening its doors on 22nd March 2024
Blackpool, UK ( February 21, 2024 ) -

The Backlot Cinema & Diner is thrilled to announce it will be opening its doors on 22nd March 2024. Located in Houndshill Shopping Centre’s new extension, the cinema & diner will bring the very best entertainment to the heart of the Blackpool community.

The cinematic wonderland will feature Blackpool’s only IMAX screen and one of the largest in the North West. The screen, measuring 10.85m high and 19.87m wide, will be equipped with the company’s most advanced theatrical experience, IMAX with Laser. Immersive by design, IMAX with Laser has been developed from the ground-up to deliver crystal clear, lifelike images and precision audio for a moviegoing experience unlike anything else. Tickets are on sale now to experience Denis Villeneuve’s much-anticipated sequel, “Dune: Part Two” from 22nd March in the cinema’s premier IMAX screen.

At The Backlot you will be able to experience the latest Hollywood releases, arthouse titles, event cinema and past big screen favourites. The Easter holidays will be a cinematic feast, featuring upcoming big screen hits such as “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire”, “Kung Fu Panda 4” and special 60th anniversary screening of “Mary Poppins”.

The Backlot has been designed to create a unique arts and entertainment hub for both the local community and Blackpool visitors. It will be the new place in town to host events, from corporate conferences and birthday parties to comedy nights, live gaming tournaments and local community meet ups. Whatever the occasion, The Backlot will offer something beyond your wildest expectations!

Complementing the big screen, The Backlot’s 100-seater diner will serve fresh burgers, hotdogs and wings, along with a delicious range of desserts, including American style pancakes, indulgent sundaes and thick milkshakes.

The Backlot’s business manager, Fabio Vidotti says: ‘We are extremely excited to be able to announce the opening of our new cinema and diner – mark your calendars for Friday 22nd March! We have been busy working on building a fantastic cinematic wonderland and we can’t wait to welcome the Blackpool community to see what we’ve created. The Backlot will bring an unrivalled experience to the town, from the delicious diner, to the big screen cinema, the exceptional event calendar and the five-star service that will be part of every visit.”

Councillor Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Levelling Up – Place, said: “We’re delighted to see this ambitious project come to life. Welcoming IMAX and The Backlot Cinema & Diner to Blackpool will be a major draw for residents and visitors to the town centre, with the new multi-media cinema complex providing a brand new state-of-the-art cinematic experience for all ages.

“For the town centre to prosper we must continue to provide new reasons to attract residents and visitors, whilst extending visit time into the evening – creating entertainment and leisure choices the whole family can enjoy.

“A destination for premium entertainment and events is a key part of a much wider plan to regenerate Blackpool town centre, with aims to boost the economy, create more local jobs and provide more things to see and do for locals and visitors alike.”

The Backlot is currently offering an exclusive pre-opening membership offer. Become an A-List member today to get your name on one of the seats in the IMAX screen, access to a special pre-opening tour and screening, 10 free cinema tickets for the year, £5 film tickets on Mondays, 20% off film tickets on Sundays to Thursdays, a free popcorn every Wednesday, 10% off cinema snacks and so much more! (Terms and conditions apply. See for more details).

About The Backlot Cinema & Diner
The Backlot Cinema & Diner is located in the vibrant heart of Blackpool within the new extension of Houndshill Shopping Centre. Blackpool’s new cinematic wonderland will feature the town’s only IMAX screen with state-of-the-art laser projection and immersive audio. From the latest Hollywood releases to independent gems, event cinema and big screen classics, The Backlot promises a range of cinematic delights. Complementing the cinematic adventure is The Backlot Diner, offering an all-day menu with delicious burgers, hotdogs, wings, and a selection of desserts, including indulgent pancakes, sundaes, and thick milkshakes. The Backlot Cinema & Diner will provide a unique and immersive entertainment experience for both the local community and visitors.

About IMAX
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture, and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX systems to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, making IMAX’s network among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles, with additional offices in London, Dublin, Tokyo, and Shanghai. As of September 30, 2023, there were 1,731 IMAX systems (1,651 commercial multiplexes, 12 commercial destinations, 68 institutional) operating in 87 countries and territories. Shares of IMAX China Holding, Inc., a subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, trade on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “1970.”

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