Bolton town centre cinema plan gets go-ahead

How the new cinema is expected to look

How the new cinema is expected to look

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BOLTON’S new Market Place cinema has been given the go-ahead by council planning officers — paving the way for work to begin on the multi-million pound redevelopment.

The shopping centre’s new owners the Moorgarth Group is set to transform the complex with a nine-screen cinema and a host of restaurants, after buying it for about £24 million last year.

Under the plans, the current car park will be partly demolished to make way for the new screens, which are anticipated to have up to 1,200 seats.

Moorgarth’s chief executive Tim Vaughan said he was “absolutely delighted and very excited” about the scheme.

He said it already has a company lined up to run the cinema — which could include 3D capacity — and that a further planning application to allow restaurants to be built in the basement of the shopping centre will be submitted next week. Mr Vaughan added: “We are doing what we said we were going to do — one of the issues in the town is that people weren’t sure if it was going to go ahead.

“We’re creating that destination and event location, and we’ve seen figures that show an unbelievable ability for a cinema to thrive in the town centre.

“I must thank the local authority for the assistance they have given us getting it through this quickly.”

The Market Place will stay open during the work, which Mr Vaughan said he hopes will be completed as soon as Christmas.

Keith Davies, director of regeneration and development at Bolton Council, said the cinema was a “real winner” which had the capacity to transform the town centre.

He added: “It’s another big milestone for the regeneration of the town centre.

“For a long time we’ve wanted to secure a cinema and it looks like that is going to be delivered — the fact that the planning permission has been provided so quickly means they are in a position to get the work started.

“One of the things that we have been aware of, and certainly visitors to the town centre have said, is that we do have a night-time economy but it is largely focused on a particular demographic and age group, “If you want to go clubbing we’ve got the facilities for that, but what we haven’t got — with the exceptions of the Octagon and Albert Halls — is a night-time family leisure option, and this addition will be really good.”

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7:52pm Thu 16 Jan 14

bleedingobvious says...

Great, now put all the old market stalls back instead of the soap and coffee and empty units on the ground and first floor.
Great, now put all the old market stalls back instead of the soap and coffee and empty units on the ground and first floor. bleedingobvious
  • Score: 37

12:03am Fri 17 Jan 14

ARBEE says...

The people of Bolton should demand who was responsibe for turning an iconic
oasis into a desert,the market hall was a delight to visit,the place was spotlesly clean, the stallholders were a happy lot and delighted to serve you, where can you go these days to get that kind of service, the stallholders made a decnt living, there were thousands of votes to keep it opened,the only votes to close
it were from those that wanted to make a lot of money,it is still not to late for this outrage to be investigated.
The people of Bolton should demand who was responsibe for turning an iconic oasis into a desert,the market hall was a delight to visit,the place was spotlesly clean, the stallholders were a happy lot and delighted to serve you, where can you go these days to get that kind of service, the stallholders made a decnt living, there were thousands of votes to keep it opened,the only votes to close it were from those that wanted to make a lot of money,it is still not to late for this outrage to be investigated. ARBEE
  • Score: 12

1:00am Fri 17 Jan 14

davidjb says...

finally something to bring people into the town centre
finally something to bring people into the town centre davidjb
  • Score: 15

1:24am Fri 17 Jan 14

Don Tonge says...

Looking at the artists impression of the proposed cinema I hope it does not go ahead it looks obscene. Do we really need a cinema in the Market Place? What the vast majority of the people of Bolton would like to see is a return of the original Market Hall you know where people used to come and enjoy the small family owned businesses and market cafes.
Here is a challenge to the powers that be??? All the ground (yes all) could be ripped out and incorporate small businesses ( similar to the original ) leaving the upper level as it is ( the units have never been fully occupied ) All the original Victorian structure is still intact, this would be better than a cinema which I reckon will close soon after opening and reopen as a “fill yer basket” for 50p store" until the powers that be??? Come up with another bright idea which no one will want.

BETTER THAN A CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE IS THE REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE OF PEOPLE BEING NEAR PEOPLE WHERE PEOPLE LIKE TO BE Don Tonge.
Looking at the artists impression of the proposed cinema I hope it does not go ahead it looks obscene. Do we really need a cinema in the Market Place? What the vast majority of the people of Bolton would like to see is a return of the original Market Hall you know where people used to come and enjoy the small family owned businesses and market cafes. Here is a challenge to the powers that be??? All the ground (yes all) could be ripped out and incorporate small businesses ( similar to the original ) leaving the upper level as it is ( the units have never been fully occupied ) All the original Victorian structure is still intact, this would be better than a cinema which I reckon will close soon after opening and reopen as a “fill yer basket” for 50p store" until the powers that be??? Come up with another bright idea which no one will want. BETTER THAN A CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE IS THE REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE OF PEOPLE BEING NEAR PEOPLE WHERE PEOPLE LIKE TO BE Don Tonge. Don Tonge
  • Score: -10

9:13am Fri 17 Jan 14

V Meldrew says...

I would certainly use the cinema if parking is free, if not I shall stay go elsewhere
I would certainly use the cinema if parking is free, if not I shall stay go elsewhere V Meldrew
  • Score: 12

9:40am Fri 17 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Its about ten years too late but well done.
Its about ten years too late but well done. Jim271
  • Score: 12

10:07am Fri 17 Jan 14

tinypet says...

There's nothing left in town now then, well apart from the robbing payday loan companies and pound shops :0/ even more people are gonna travel to other towns. Ive started to prefer bury
There's nothing left in town now then, well apart from the robbing payday loan companies and pound shops :0/ even more people are gonna travel to other towns. Ive started to prefer bury tinypet
  • Score: 8

2:11pm Fri 17 Jan 14

- wilder says...

Great news for the town. A new cinema and a more diverse night time economy. Whats not to like! Its a positive step that can only bring good things to the town. We should be looking forward now, not dwelling in the past. Well done Bolton!
Great news for the town. A new cinema and a more diverse night time economy. Whats not to like! Its a positive step that can only bring good things to the town. We should be looking forward now, not dwelling in the past. Well done Bolton! - wilder
  • Score: 7

4:04pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Poodleface says...

From a young persons perspective, why would I go to the cinema in town? Especially if I had to pay to park. There are 2 cinemas in Bolton with free parking, one of which is on a retail park that has more decent shops than town plus a bowling alley. The entire town centre is an embarrassment and the nightlife is appalling. At night, It's cheaper to go to the Printworks in Manchester (which is also an IMAX) on the train and have an amazing night out than the cost of parking in Bolton and going out in its shoddy bars and pubs. This cinema idea will not help a town whose council is strangling the life out of it with illogical and ill-informed decision making. It seems the council have no business acumen whatsoever. Town is full of banks, pound shops and the market place is a complete failure, with shops moving out of the town rather than to it- I.E topshop and the body shop. Start asking people what they want Council instead of sitting 30 years in the past!!!! A cinema is not going to rejuvenate the town, such an old fashioned response to the problem the town is in and we've gone way past that now. We need some serious regeneration work to get the town back on its feet. Out of the towns/cities local to us, Bolton is last on the list to visit, emergency visits of 3 times a year only!!!
From a young persons perspective, why would I go to the cinema in town? Especially if I had to pay to park. There are 2 cinemas in Bolton with free parking, one of which is on a retail park that has more decent shops than town plus a bowling alley. The entire town centre is an embarrassment and the nightlife is appalling. At night, It's cheaper to go to the Printworks in Manchester (which is also an IMAX) on the train and have an amazing night out than the cost of parking in Bolton and going out in its shoddy bars and pubs. This cinema idea will not help a town whose council is strangling the life out of it with illogical and ill-informed decision making. It seems the council have no business acumen whatsoever. Town is full of banks, pound shops and the market place is a complete failure, with shops moving out of the town rather than to it- I.E topshop and the body shop. Start asking people what they want Council instead of sitting 30 years in the past!!!! A cinema is not going to rejuvenate the town, such an old fashioned response to the problem the town is in and we've gone way past that now. We need some serious regeneration work to get the town back on its feet. Out of the towns/cities local to us, Bolton is last on the list to visit, emergency visits of 3 times a year only!!! Poodleface
  • Score: 8

8:40pm Fri 17 Jan 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

I would love to have a private 5 minutes with Cllr Cliff Morris! RIP Bolton
I would love to have a private 5 minutes with Cllr Cliff Morris! RIP Bolton FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 2

9:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

bolton bandit says...

well. thats a labour controlled council for you. next time vote against labour and put someone else in. the choice is all yours voters because this lot do not give a toss about anybody or anything only themselves you should know that by now people.
also why do we need a lord mayor? getting rid of that position should save about £70.000 per year.
well. thats a labour controlled council for you. next time vote against labour and put someone else in. the choice is all yours voters because this lot do not give a toss about anybody or anything only themselves you should know that by now people. also why do we need a lord mayor? getting rid of that position should save about £70.000 per year. bolton bandit
  • Score: 4

9:13pm Fri 17 Jan 14

steveG says...

It's certainly a travesty that the same planning officers responsible for the less than sorry state of our town centre are allowed the opportunity to create an even greater mess - don't think they wont!!.
It's certainly a travesty that the same planning officers responsible for the less than sorry state of our town centre are allowed the opportunity to create an even greater mess - don't think they wont!!. steveG
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Fri 17 Jan 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

I only have two words of wisdom for the future.

Vote UKIP
I only have two words of wisdom for the future. Vote UKIP FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: -3

6:24am Sat 18 Jan 14

Valiant One says...

bolton bandit wrote:
well. thats a labour controlled council for you. next time vote against labour and put someone else in. the choice is all yours voters because this lot do not give a toss about anybody or anything only themselves you should know that by now people.
also why do we need a lord mayor? getting rid of that position should save about £70.000 per year.
Bolton doesn't have a Lord Mayor !
[quote][p][bold]bolton bandit[/bold] wrote: well. thats a labour controlled council for you. next time vote against labour and put someone else in. the choice is all yours voters because this lot do not give a toss about anybody or anything only themselves you should know that by now people. also why do we need a lord mayor? getting rid of that position should save about £70.000 per year.[/p][/quote]Bolton doesn't have a Lord Mayor ! Valiant One
  • Score: 2

6:38am Sat 18 Jan 14

Valiant One says...

ARBEE wrote:
The people of Bolton should demand who was responsibe for turning an iconic
oasis into a desert,the market hall was a delight to visit,the place was spotlesly clean, the stallholders were a happy lot and delighted to serve you, where can you go these days to get that kind of service, the stallholders made a decnt living, there were thousands of votes to keep it opened,the only votes to close
it were from those that wanted to make a lot of money,it is still not to late for this outrage to be investigated.
The Market Place is privately owned. They can do more or less what they want with it . They are business people and they want to make a profit from their business. They are just not going to make a profit from little stalls paying small rents. Nor could stall holders compete in today's world. We are having a new market built. Go there and stop living in the past. People have been moaning that Bolton doesn't have a cinema. Build them one and they still complain. Go for it I say.
[quote][p][bold]ARBEE[/bold] wrote: The people of Bolton should demand who was responsibe for turning an iconic oasis into a desert,the market hall was a delight to visit,the place was spotlesly clean, the stallholders were a happy lot and delighted to serve you, where can you go these days to get that kind of service, the stallholders made a decnt living, there were thousands of votes to keep it opened,the only votes to close it were from those that wanted to make a lot of money,it is still not to late for this outrage to be investigated.[/p][/quote]The Market Place is privately owned. They can do more or less what they want with it . They are business people and they want to make a profit from their business. They are just not going to make a profit from little stalls paying small rents. Nor could stall holders compete in today's world. We are having a new market built. Go there and stop living in the past. People have been moaning that Bolton doesn't have a cinema. Build them one and they still complain. Go for it I say. Valiant One
  • Score: 1

8:45am Sat 18 Jan 14

Don Tonge says...

Valiant One wrote
The Market Place is privately owned. They can do more or less what they want with it . They are business people and they want to make a profit from their business. They are just not going to make a profit from little stalls paying small rents. Nor could stall holders compete in today's world. We are having a new market built. Go there and stop living in the past. People have been moaning that Bolton doesn't have a cinema. Build them one and they still complain. Go for it I say.

The price of everything and the value of nothing eh!
The out of town business people have to make a profit eh!
As long no one does it in their neck of the woods eh!

So millions are going to be made with the new cinema?
I doubt it as most people watch movies in their homes
We have cinemas locally with free parking
And as for living in the past, where you around in the 60s 70s ?
Some things are worth hanging onto from a different time,
Look along Bradshawgate at the Victorian buildings compared to
The fabulous Primark store and the apartments built where the Lido Cinema used to be
I am not going to talk about where the fire station used to be and our Crown Courts.
I like well designed modern architecture in town centres when it’s needed and when it compliments and works with the existing.
Valiant One wrote The Market Place is privately owned. They can do more or less what they want with it . They are business people and they want to make a profit from their business. They are just not going to make a profit from little stalls paying small rents. Nor could stall holders compete in today's world. We are having a new market built. Go there and stop living in the past. People have been moaning that Bolton doesn't have a cinema. Build them one and they still complain. Go for it I say. The price of everything and the value of nothing eh! The out of town business people have to make a profit eh! As long no one does it in their neck of the woods eh! So millions are going to be made with the new cinema? I doubt it as most people watch movies in their homes We have cinemas locally with free parking And as for living in the past, where you around in the 60s 70s ? Some things are worth hanging onto from a different time, Look along Bradshawgate at the Victorian buildings compared to The fabulous Primark store and the apartments built where the Lido Cinema used to be I am not going to talk about where the fire station used to be and our Crown Courts. I like well designed modern architecture in town centres when it’s needed and when it compliments and works with the existing. Don Tonge
  • Score: 0

5:20pm Sun 19 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

There is free parking all around thee Market Place - and it wouldn't surprise me if the bosses of the Market Place made it free parking in the evening to get customers in.

The council-owned NCP on Bath Street is free parking after 3pm during the week and all day at weekends and then all the street level parking behind Bridge street which is free in the evenings and most of the weekends.

So no complaint from me!
There is free parking all around thee Market Place - and it wouldn't surprise me if the bosses of the Market Place made it free parking in the evening to get customers in. The council-owned NCP on Bath Street is free parking after 3pm during the week and all day at weekends and then all the street level parking behind Bridge street which is free in the evenings and most of the weekends. So no complaint from me! BWFC71
  • Score: 2

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