Tollgate Village cinema CGI

Colchester: ‘cliffhanger’ over shopping centre cinema operator

Film fans have been left with a cliffhanger over which cinema operator is to move into the long awaited Tollgate Village leisure and retail complex. Work on the £70 million complex in Stanway is due to start next year. But the Tollgate Partnership Limited, which is behind the plans, has not revealed which cinema operator is has lined up. The Gazette approached major operators Vue, Empire Cinemas, Cineworld and Odeon to see if they were interested in opening a venue at the new Stanway complex. Vue, Empire and Cineworld ruled…

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A CGI of what the new Tollgate Village in Stanway could look like Picture: CORSTORPHINE AND WRIGHT ARCHITECTS

Colchester: plans for new £70m leisure and retail park with cinema

A multi-million pound retail and leisure park on the outskirts of Colchester has taken its “next vital step” in a long-running planning battle. The reserved matters planning application for Tollgate Village, in Stanway, includes greater detail of the northern and southern sections of the proposed £70million leisure, cinema and shopping complex on vacant land opposite Tollgate Retail Park and the former Sainsbury’s site. The leisure hub on the south of Tollgate West, will feature a multi-level pedestrian plaza and include a multi-screen cinema, up to nine restaurants and shops, additional…

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Artist impression of long-awaited Northern Gateway cinema complex, Colchester

Colchester: “Brexit has delayed” new cinema complex

COLCHESTER’S long-awaited Northern Gateway cinema complex scheme has been delayed…by Brexit. A commercial property firm tasked with marketing the site next to Colchester United’s stadium said it has struggled to attract restaurants to take up units. Developer Turnstone Estates had originally said construction would start by the summer with the complex due to open late next year. But it has now been confirmed work will start towards the end of this year with the scheme opening in 2021. Turnstone was chosen by land owners Colchester Council to take on the…

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