May opening planned for film fans as reel cinema is due to open in Wakefield.
Reel Cinemas, the community cinema operator is to open a five-screen cinema at The Ridings shopping centre in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The new cinema is scheduled to open in May 2019, occupying a space created by the innovative conversion of three former retail units, with minimal structural alterations, which has been let on a 15-year lease.
Reel Cinemas was established in 2001 and is now one of the largest independent cinema operators in the UK, with 13 venues across the country and plans to develop at least 10 more over the next five years. Its cinemas are in community locations and showcase the latest releases, with its competitive prices being a key differentiator in the market. The Ridings shopping centre was acquired by NewRiver in January 2016. Since the acquisition, NewRiver has undertaken and continues a programme of active asset management works at the site, including rebranding the centre and upgrading signage, wayfinding and facilities such as the customer toilets and an award-winning baby change area.
Most recently, NewRiver brought its pub operating expertise to The Ridings with the opening of the Keg & Kitchen, a food-led community pub located 240-cover food court, operated by Hawthorn Leisure, which the Company acquired in May 2018. Reel Cinemas is expected to be a major driver of footfall for The Ridings and the wider city centre, particularly in the late afternoon and evening, and will also provide a multi-functional space for community events. Its opening will mark another step in the transformation of the upper mall of this three-level centre into an affordable family leisure destination.
Paul Wright, Director, said: We are delighted to be welcoming Reel Cinemas to The Ridings and to the NewRiver portfolio through this ambitious and innovative repurposing of former retail space. We have worked closely with Reel to ensure this is an exciting Wakefield community attraction offering affordable prices with some interesting surprises. As Reel Cinemas continues its rapid expansion, we will continue to work with them to explore similar opportunities across our portfolio.
Chris Morgan-Giles, Property Director, Reel Cinemas, said: opening at The Ridings, providing a brand new space for the local community to watch the latest releases and more, at competitive prices. NewRiver has been a dependable and engaged partner throughout this process and shares our vision for delivering places for people to relax and be entertained in the heart of their community.
Other cinemas planned over the next 18 months include-
|WAKEFIELD | May 2019
5 Screen cinema in the heart of the city centre Development of New River Shopping Centre.
|CHORLEY | Dec 2019
6 Screen cinema including A VIP recliner screen in market walk complex.
|ROCHDALE | Easter 2020
6 Screen cinema including A VIP recliner screen.
|BLACKBURN | Easter 2020
8 Screen cinema including A VIP recliner screen and a Combination of Bollywood & Hollywood Silver Screen entertainment.
|BISHOP AUCKLAND | Oct 2020
7 Screen Including Upgrades to Premier and VIP Screen in fieldonbridge Retail & Leisure Park Bishop Auckland.
|FARNHAM | Easter 2021
6 Screen Luxury cinema including A VIP recliner screen will be part of the Farnham Brightwells regeneration scheme.
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