As new Curzon opens in Canterbury and Cineworld considers bankruptcy, we look at evolution of Kent’s cinema-going experience
While some cinemas in Kent are closing or face an uncertain future, others are popping up around the county to much fanfare.
Chris Britcher examines the mixed fortunes of our movie theatres, and why offering just the latest blockbuster and a box of popcorn might no longer be enough to draw in film fans….
Our cinemas are standing at a crossroads. And the future is, according to experts, going to look very different for those of us who enjoy a jaunt to the big screen.
If ever you needed a clearer indication of the evolutionary tide on which the industry is currently sailing, look no further than right here in Kent. Some, it seems, are waving while others are drowning.
In Ashford, Dover and Rochester, a question mark looms large over the future of Cineworld – the international movie-theatre operator which warned shareholders earlier this week it could file for bankruptcy in the US, where its empire stretches to hundreds of venues.
Going to the cinema is evolving – now it’s all about a quality experience over the number of screens.
Main image credit: Barry Goodwin – the Curzon opens at the Riverside site in Canterbury – pictured here still under construction.