| Growing entertainment chain the Light is opening its eighth cinema, the latest one is on The Moor in Sheffield and forms part of a renaissance of the area. |
Light Cinema has ambitions to open another 20 cinemas in the next four years.
The Sheffield complex has nine screens, with the biggest cinema seating 200 people. French-designed seats enable a perfect view of the screen. Among the first films on show this week are the Fate of the Furious and Beauty and the Beast. The location is near three new restaurants, GBK, Pizza Express and Zizzi.
Visitors can wait for their film’s starting time in a cafe-bar area which includes function room. There’s a piano in the foyer and a record player for tunes in a setting which overlooks The Moor. Records will be provided.
CEO Keith Pullinger said: “We are delighted to be joining The Moor and to become part of an area that is becoming a destination for visitors to the city centre. We look to create a cinema environment that’s quite luxurious with plenty of atmosphere and personality so we hope the Sheffield audiences will notice a different cinema experience.
Keith Pullinger and business manager Ashley Inman were at the complex to show The Star around the site.
“People often complain that cinema foyers are empty and dull, but this won’t be,” Mr Pullinger said. “This will be an exciting social space. Come here early, enjoy it, have a drink with your friends.” More than 500,000 people are expected through the doors over the year. “We think that’s going to really help the area feel quite vibrant,” Mr Pullinger said.
Mr Inman said he had the city in mind, he said: “I am really thrilled to be part of the development of Sheffield.”
The cinema is part of the second phase of The Moor’s re-development. Building works for the third phase will start in the summer, with high street fashion shops primed to head it up. Mr Pullinger looked forward to the area continuing its growth. “This all starts to feel like The Moor is coming alive now.”