'Mystic Springs' at Six Flags' planned attraction in Qiddiya, KSA

Billion-dollar entertainment plans for Saudi Arabia

SEVEN Chief Executive Officer Bill Ernest is a man on a mission. The former Disney executive is charged with building at least one theme park as well as 20 family entertainment destinations and a network of 50 cinemas across Saudi Arabia. He’s got a multi-billion dollar budget to achieve it, but his deadline is tight: 2030. Bill Ernest, the CEO of Saudi Entertainment Ventures (SEVEN), talks to Blooloop about the company’s plans. The scale of SEVEN’s ambition is demonstrated by its internet domain name – entertainment.sa. This deliberately broad term reflects the scope of development…

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CGI of Blackpool Central Station masterplan

Blackpool joint venture promises highly ‘entertaining’ offer

Blackpool Council has sold a 17-acre plot of land at Blackpool Central to a joint venture between Nikal and Media Invest Entertainment, enabling work to start on a large-scale leisure and entertainment masterplan for the area. Regeneration company Nikal and Media Invest Entertainment signed a deal in 2018 to deliver a £300m mixed-use scheme for the site, including a new visitor attraction featuring the UK’s first “flying theatre”, virtual reality entertainment zone, food hall and other elements. The parties have completed a deal tipped last September to acquire the site on a…

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The Alnwick Playhouse, photo: Wikipedia

Northumberland Council supports local theatre and ‘community hub’

Alnwick Playhouse, one of the town’s most popular and well loved buildings has re-opened to the public following a £3.3m renovation. The Playhouse building has been converted and now houses a community hub with a cafe, library and visitor centre on the ground floor. The  bar and  gallery have also been refurbished and the auditorium rebuilt incorporating features such as hand rails and ample seated leg room. Northumberland County Council has contributed £2.5 million towards the cost of the work, with the Playhouse raising a further £800,000.  A grand opening weekend…

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