New cinema to open at half-term
4:00pm Sunday 6th October 2013 in Latest News
AFTER 30 years of waiting Trowbridge’s £3.7 million new cinema will open on Friday, October 25.
The seven-screen Odeon will be the first cinema in the town since the Focus Cinema closed in 1983.
General manager Nick Price, 28, says his 30-strong team are excited to be welcoming the public to the cinema, part of the new £17m St Stephens Place leisure park.
Mr Price, who is moving from an Odeon in Llanelli, Wales, said: “It is all going really well and it is amazing to see how it has come on. I know the town has waited a long time for this and I’m really excited for the opening.”
The glass-fronted cinema will seat 1,200 filmgoers.
St Stephens Place also has a Nando’s and a Prezzo restaurants, due to open alongside the cinema. Four other restaurants are still to be let.
Mr Price, who will be living in Hilperton, said: “The team are fantastic, they are real nice blend of friendly characters.”
Mr Price and his team will be attending Trowbridge Carnival the week before the opening, on Saturday, October 19 and handing out cinema vouchers.
Mr Price said: “I believe it is really important for the cinema and the development as a whole to be supporting the town. We are excited about coming to the carnival and hopefully the staff will all be dressed as their favourite film characters.”
As part of its opening line-up, the Odeon, will be screening Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along as part of Trowbridge Arts Festival.
In preparation for the opening, Wiltshire Council has closed the south stairwell of the multi-storey car park across from the site, to remove graffiti and paint walls, and Trowbridge Town Council have cut down 10 trees at the Polebarn Road entrance to Trowbridge Park, as they believe it will make the area safer for visitors.
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