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…

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AMC top exhibitor, after a year of ‘fevered M&A activity’

Box Office Pro releases annual survey of the top 50 exhibitors in the domestic market. It might not have been a record year, but few will complain that 2019 finished as the second-highest-grossing year on record at the domestic box office. The North American market—constituting all screens in the United States, Canada, and associated territories—brought in $11.4 billion in a dramatic year marked by M&A across the distribution and exhibition landscapes. Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox was completed in the year’s first quarter, helping catapult the studio to a historic $4.3…

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'Surrey Live' video of demolition in Redhill

Redhill clears the way for cinema & restaurant complex

Demolition work at the Redhill town centre Marketfield Way development is in full swing after months of delays. Site workers have been stripping out the vacant buildings at 34-44 High Street since the start of the year, with a huge area that includes the adjacent car park all fenced off. The much-anticipated flagship Reigate and Banstead Borough Council (RBBC) project will provide a huge new residential, cinema and restaurant complex to the town. It is thought that the £40 million development will take around two-and-a-half years, with demolition of the existing buildings set to pave the way for…

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