Showcase Cinema site. Photo - Vincent Cole

Manchester: school planned to displace “landmark” multiplex

Bosses at a cinema chain Showcase say they want to open a new ‘state of the art’ theatre in Manchester – after plans for a new school on their current site at Belle Vue were revealed.

Council papers published this week show Manchester council wants to buy the site in Gorton – which is understood to have been put up for sale – and use part of the land build a new 1,200 place secondary school.

The plan would see controversial proposals for a new school in nearby Nutsford Vale, fiercely opposed by some residents, scrapped.

The emergence of the plans was met with surprise in some quarters as Showcase is still open to the public.

It will remain open for the time being, bosses told the Manchester Evening News.

They have confirmed they are looking to move to a new location. They’re hoping for a ‘seamless transition’.

Built on part of the former famous Belle Vue entertainment complex, the 14-screen Showcase Cinema opened in October 1989 and quickly became a landmark…

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