“WE strongly believe in the future of cinema” – a senior figure at a big screen chain has revealed his optimism for the industry despite the pandemic.
Major chain Vue will open a new multiplex in Glasgow city centre at the start of 2021.
The opening is scheduled for the first quarter of the year and a long lease will hook Vue into the facility for 20 years.
The nine-screen facility will be part of a new £40 million leisure development at the St Enoch Centre mall, which opened in 1989 and has a footfall count of 20m a year.
Around 40 picturehouse jobs are promised, with three of the screens to offer 3D viewing. All seats will be recliners and touchscreens will be installed for customers seeking snacks.
The cinema will be housed in the former BHS department store. It was one of the retailer’s last branches to close after its collapse in summer 2016. Nine new eateries will also be created within the disused unit.
But the pandemic has hit cinemas hard, with industry giant Cineworld mothballing hundreds of its sites in the UK and America after delayed and cancelled blockbuster releases forced it into serious financial trouble…
Main image: St Enoch Centre entrance. Photo from Wikimedia Commons