Light Cinemas has signed a 25-year lease tooperate the 9-screen cinema that will anchor new leisure and lifestyle space at the Kingsgate shopping centre in Huddersfield as the town itself is set to become the focus of a major town centre revamp.
The announcement, confirmed on the evening of (26 June) by Kingsgate owners WD (Kingsgate), follows Kirklees Council’s decision to grant planning permission to convert the House of Fraser unit at the centre into several restaurants and a street food area on the lower ground floor with the multi-screen cinema on the upper floor.
In addition, the Kingsgate development works will include the creation of the cinema’s Sky Bar complete with an external slide that can convey guests from the bar to its lobby. WD (Kingsgate) will commence construction works in early 2020 with the Light Cinemas set for an opening by Spring 2021.
Comments Keith Pullinger, CEO of Light Cinemas: “We’re hugely looking forward to our 12th cinema becoming a key part of Huddersfield’s town centre regeneration. Not only will we bring film to the heart of Huddersfield, but a sky bar, slide and other exciting experiences which will be revealed in the coming months.”
Kirklees Council called the planning approval ‘the first step’ in delivering its ten-year £250million vision to create a thriving, modern-day town centre – The Huddersfield Blueprint. It looks at delivering five key objectives for Huddersfield Town Centre: a vibrant culture, art, leisure and nightlife offer, thriving businesses, a great place to live, improved access and enhanced public spaces. Huddersfield is home to around 150,000 residents. The 26,000 sq m (280,000 sq ft) Kingsgate has a footfall of around 8.5 million customers per annum.
“We can no longer rely on retail alone to have thriving town centres and it’s fantastic to see our local businesses sharing our vision for Kirklees and thinking of new and innovative ways to attract people. I’m also really happy to be welcoming Light Cinemas to Kirklees, alongside the new restaurants and bars that will be coming, too. This is the first exciting step towards delivering The Huddersfield Blueprint, our £250million vision to create a thriving modern-day town centre.”