MP gets a private tour behind the cinema screen
7:00pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
SOUTH Swindon MP Robert Buckland has been raising the curtain on the cinema industry as he was given a behind the scenes tour of Cineworld in West Swindon.
Mr Buckland visited the cinema at the Shaw Ridge Leisure Park and was shown around by general manager John Kiel.
Although he was not able to watch a film, it did not stop him tucking into the popcorn and he was also shown into the projector room where he saw how films are now displayed by using the internet.
Mr Buckland, who is used to going to the cinema with his two children, was impressed when he was told that the cinema had 400,000 people through the doors last year.
He was also interested to find out how the new multi-screen cinema, which is set to be built as part of the Regent Circus development in the town centre, would impact on the other cinemas in the town.
He said: “I have been to that cinema many times with the family but never in an official capacity to see how it all works.
“I was taken behind the scenes and saw the old projectors which they don’t use now because everything is done through the internet.
“I was pleased to hear John talking positively about the new cinema and how he doesn’t think it will have a big impact on the cinema because they will still attract the families and the older viewers.
“I am pleased to hear how well it is doing because it is a very good community asset and although it is not the biggest cinema, with only seven screens, it is holding its own.”
l Robert Buckland column, page 13
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