On Monday 25th November work began on Beeston’s multi-million-pound eight screen cinema at the Beeston Square development.
The development is also due to bring a number of food and drink outlets as well as 132 new homes to the site located between Styring Street, Middle Street and Station street.
The Broxtowe Borough Council’s planning committee first approved the plans for the two-acre Beeston Square site in September 2018.
In October 2019 the contractor for the cinema and retail part of the development was announced to be Bowmer + Kirkland. Councillor Milan Radulovic, leader of the council for Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “There is a great deal of momentum behind the development, which will revitalise Beeston’s night-time economy and drive increased footfall to the town from the local and surrounding communities.
“With the announcement of The Arc as the cinema tenants earlier this year and positive ongoing talks with food and beverage outlets, it’s a really exciting time for the town of Beeston and the wider Broxtowe area.”
Bowmer + Kirkland regional director, Gary Bradley, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and look forward to working closely with Broxtowe Borough Council to continue the transformation of Beeston.
Brian Gilligan, the director of Melcorpo, the firm behind the cinema, said: “We are delighted to be launching The Arc Cinema in Beeston. The town has a great feel and vibrancy and I’m confident our cinema will complement the successful regeneration of this thriving town centre.
“The Arc Cinema offers customers a premium cinema experience combining 700 supremely comfortable electric recliner seats, cutting-edge technology like laser projection with a friendly, personal atmosphere – all for standard prices. Also, our varied screening programme means that people of all ages can enjoy spending time at Arc Cinema.”
As well as mainstream films, the new cinema will also show live screenings of theatre and ballet, as well as offering shows which are sensory and parent and baby friendly.
In November 2019 Broxtowe Borough Council said that the project remains on schedule and is due to open in Christmas 2020.