Farnborough cinema delayed further until March

The long-awaited arrival of Farnborough's new cinema has been delayed again as Vue revealed it would not be finished until March.

After Rushmoor Borough Council gave the new complex the green light in 2012, it was originally hoped the cinema would be open by the end of 2013, however, Vue later announced that it would be opening in summer 2014.

After a delay, a spokesperson for St Modwen, working on the development and owner of The Meads, confirmed in July they anticipated handing over the building in September to be fitted out, with the aim of opening the cinema in time for Christmas.

However, they said there was ‘no particular reason’ why the target opening date had been moved back.

A spokesperson this week told the News & Mail: "A new seven-screen Vue Cinema will open in 2015 accompanied by new restaurants which will provide an important boost to Farnborough’s economy by giving it an increased attraction in the evenings.

St Modwen will be handing over to Vue for fit-out shortly and an exact date will be confirmed nearer the time."

Vue has now begun recruiting for a cinema manager role, of which applications will close next week, and job applications state that the cinema will be opening in March.

Andrew Lloyd, chief executive of Rushmoor Borough Council, said he was pleased with the progress that has been made at the development.

He said: "The council are really pleased that all of the external works to the building have now been completed, it has really improved the frontage to Farnborough Road and gives a clear statement that things are happening.

I am very pleased that the opening is getting closer, the site is about to be handed over to Vue and we look forward to it opening."

The new cinema is part of an £80 million project by St Modwen to regenerate the town centre, which includes three new retail units, escalators to serve the first floor level car park, a mobility facility for shoppers and updated toilet facilities.

Source: GetHampshire

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