December 5 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Work is progressing on an eight-screen cinema complex that will create more than 30 jobs when it opens next year.
The high-tech cinema complex will be on the new Tesco complex at the former greyhound stadium, in Cromwell Road, Wisbech.
The project has been 11 years in the planning and is being undertaken by cinema company The Light, which recently opened a cinema in the Wirral.
General manager Phil Dove said: “Our focus is on customer service and making sure everyone who visits has a good experience.
“There’s a generation of people who are not going to the cinema and a generation of older people who have stopped going.
“Our aim is to encourage people back to have an enjoyable night out.”
The parent company was founded by John Sullivan and Keith Pullinger who opened their first cinema in Bucharest, Romania, in October 2008.
They opened a second cinema a year later in Halle, Germany, before turning their attention to opening the New Brighton in the Wirral.
Mr Dove said that the cinema group holds events such as kids club, holiday club, fancy dress screenings at Halloween and autistic-friendly screenings.
It has also screened special movies for the local Deaf Society and live showings of the Royal Opera House and the National Ballet. These will also be shown in Wisbech.
The cinema will house eight screens ranging from a 74-seater to a 250-seater and will have a licensed bar.
Detailed plans were submitted to Fenland District Council about two years ago. They also include a Tesco Extra superstore and several family restaurants.
The existing Tesco store will be knocked down to make way for the new Cromwell Retail Park.
It will be home to family restaurants including Frankie & Benny’s and retailers Next, Matalan, New Look, Dreams and Sports World.