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Frantic hard work sets cinema back on track

ACCRINGTON'S cinema will definitely re-open this evening after a week of frantic behind-the-scenes activity.

ACCRINGTON'S cinema will definitely re-open this evening after a week of frantic behind-the-scenes activity.

And the first film to screen at the under-new-management Prem-iere Cinema will be the blockbuster Finding Nemo, which has broken box office records in the States.

Also showing will be Calendar Girls, Bad Boys 2 and Once Upon A Time in Mexico.

But there are no plans for a triumphant ceremony such as the one that marked the cinema's original opening last November.

The cinema dramatically closed three weeks ago when the original owners went bust. But it has been saved by Globe Enterprises, a company in which Hyndburn Council has a one-third share.

Mr Nigel Rix, director of Globe and Hyndburn FIRST, said: "We are concentrating on getting it open and operating efficiently. The 'celebration' will be for those who come along and enjoy the films.

"An enormous amount of work has needed to be done such as arranging contracts with film distributors. We need to ensure Premiere Cinemas is well established in their eyes so we can get all the big releases."

The new firm is also exploring plans to improve the cinema and its links with the Accrington Super-bowl and McDonalds, which share the Viaduct leisure complex.

Special packages may be sold to customers who use both the cinema and the bowling alley.

Mr Rix said: "We want to appeal to all ages and make the most of links with other leisure providers. We want to work with the other managers to provide a more co-ordinated approach.

"We have involved people with substantial cinema experience and a proven track record, including the projectionist from the previous cinema."

Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "It's important with the regeneration of the town centre that there are other strings to Accrington's bow, and the cinema is a prime string. It is almost a movie tale in itself because we had the total shocker when the cinema went dark and since then the Globe Enterprises board has been working tremendously hard."

He said he was extremely proud that the magic of the cinema was being brought back to the town, and residents could look forward to a great film season.

Mr Stuart Nevison, a director of Globe Enterprises, said: "We are delighted to announce that the cinema will open this Friday.

"In the last seven days we have been recruiting staff including former employers, dealing with film distributors and making sure everything is ready.

"There may be some disappointed cinema-goers who had pre-booked tickets before the closure. If anyone has tickets or proof of purchase they can bring them down to the box office and we will be happy to offer them a re-booking free of charge.''

For film times call 306660.


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