Northgate cinema and leisure complex

Somerset cinema and leisure development draws council investment

PLANS to build a cinema and leisure complex in Bridgwater have taken two steps forward this week. Sedgemoor District Council, which owns the site and will be fully funding the scheme, wants Northgate to become a premier attraction for Bridgwater, complete with a seven-screen cinema, four restaurants, a gym and a car park with 111 spaces. Last month the project was awarded £750,000 by the Government to create a cinema led leisure hub and improved open space on the site of the former Northgate Brewery but this week the project took two…

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Blackburn. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Blackburn: eight-screen cinema to replace leisure centre by end 2020

Reel aims for December opening in Blackburn The cinema operator, which now hopes to open in the town this December, is seeking to extend its lease from 20 years to 25. Barnfield Construction started work in autumn 2018 on the project, on the former Waves leisure centre site in Nab Lane. Along with an eight-screen cinema, the scheme includes a café, dessert bar and undercroft parking as well as public realm works to improve links between nearby key areas. Blackburn with Darwen Council took the scheme through planning early in…

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Estadio Wanda Metropolitano

Long term impact of live sport hiatus revealed in Wanda Sports financials

Wanda Sports Group’s (WSG) Q2 financials highlight a significant decline in revenues on account of “the broad effects of COVID-19 mitigation efforts”. WSG reported a second successive quarter of decreasing revenues, following its disappointing Q1 results which saw a 26% year-on-year (YoY) decline attributed to losses within the Chinese company’s spectator sports and mass participation divisions. COVID-19’s impact on a leading global sports event media and marketing platform so reliant on live sports was always going to be negative. WSG’s Q2 earnings however, exposed just how vulnerable sporting organisations are during global pandemics, and with a global…

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