Odeon Cinema in Crewe is set to double in size under a £5 million investment redevelopment programme, including the creation of 20 new jobs.
The current four screens at the Odeon Cinema at the Phoenix Leisure Park on Dunwoody Way in Crewe is to be increased to eight fully digital theatres, with all new facilities including a new foyer, retail concessions and a branded coffee shop.
The new expansion is possible due to the current tenent of the neighbouring Lakeside ten pin bowling unit recently going into administration.
The new cinema facilities will be available to the public in 2014, Albemarle Syndicates, the owner of the Phoenix Leisure Park in Dunwoody Way is in the process of applying for planning permission to also build two new restaurants on the site.
Albermarle hope the redevelopment plans for the park will effectively secure its position as a regional hot spot for all film fanatics and at the same time offer additional sustainable employment for Crewe.
Odeon Cinema General manager Anthony Hammill said:
We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to upgrade and extend our offering in Crewe.
We are committed to providing the ultimate cinema experience for our guests and regularly invest to maintain the best possible facilities and services. At Phoenix Park we already have a very successful cinema but we are excited to introduce new features such as our premier seating to all auditoriums and we are confident guests won’t be disappointed with the new features we have to offer.
The redevelopment will also include the improvement of the existing stepped footpath from Crewe town centre beside the Crosville Club down to the Phoenix Park site, with a new ramp for wheelchair access and enhanced signage. All of which is aimed at providing easier access for everyone including the disabled and elderly.
Geoff Egan, director at Albemarle added:
There is strong demand for more cinema screens in Crewe and our proposal to add two more restaurants will strengthen the food offering in the town, fend off competition from other nearby towns and bring in new employment.
The redevelopment could start towards the end of this year. The cinema redevelopment will replace the ten pin bowling unit which following the administration of the original tenant is now let on a short term lease.
Odeon Crewe will remain open to the public during the redevelopement.
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