Bolton town centre will be 'inclusive' and 'community driven'

The Bolton News: The Light cinema in New Brighton The Light cinema in New Brighton

BOLTON'S new cinema at The Market Place will be "inclusive" and "community driven", bosses say.

Bosses at The Light Cinema revealed their aspirations after being unveiled as the independent digital operator to take over the nine-screen movie house.

The £15 million cinema is set to be constructed effectively on the roof of the Market Place after plans submitted by the Market Place’s new owners, Moorgarth, were approved recently.

Phil Dove, The Light Cinema’s head of UK operations, said: “We believe the local community should stand at the helm of our independent cinemas.

“We are always keen to work with local suppliers and we want the community to feel they own and run the cinema. We are always happy to hear suggestions from local residents. This is their cinema as much as it is ours.”

The Light Cinema brand has been credited for playing a major part in the regeneration of New Brighton from its location at Marine Point.

The operator also has a complex opening at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire in May.

But its activities are not restricted to the UK, with cinemas in Romania and Germany.

Jane Woodason, educational events manager for The Light at New Brighton, said Bolton had a lot to look forward to when the cinema complex opens.

She added: “It’s a great new brand. These are purpose-built independent cinemas and are proving to be a massive success.

“We are offering more comfortable, bigger seating than other cinemas, and we offer facilities for people with autism, subtitles and a choice for the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community.

“We have a proud history of going into areas where there has been strong economic performance but where regeneration is needed.

“The older people of New Brighton, who remember what it was like when there were lots of cinemas here, really love what we have to offer — like live opera and national theatre events and morning viewings.”

The new Bolton cinema will have up to 1,200 seats and the Market Place complex will also feature a range of restaurants in the basement.

Bolton Council leader Cliff Morris said he had been very impressed with The Light Cinema’s concept and approach.

He said: “This is fantastic news for Bolton and another vote of confidence for the town centre. This new cinema at the heart of Bolton town centre will make a big difference to the town. I want to congratulate Moorgarth for moving forward with this project quickly and getting an operator on board.”

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12:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

The Righteous One says...

Cllr Cliff 3 jobs Morris, "This is fantastic news for Bolton and another vote of confidence for the town centre. This new cinema at the heart of Bolton town centre..."


So does this mean that the Council have given up on the regeneration of teh south side of teh town centre and realised that teh north side is where EVERYTHINg is going to be - except for the new bus station - (remember the majority of bus roues do NOT circle the town and the free Metroshuttle only run during the daytime and not on Sundays)!!!!
Cllr Cliff 3 jobs Morris, "This is fantastic news for Bolton and another vote of confidence for the town centre. This new cinema at the heart of Bolton town centre..." So does this mean that the Council have given up on the regeneration of teh south side of teh town centre and realised that teh north side is where EVERYTHINg is going to be - except for the new bus station - (remember the majority of bus roues do NOT circle the town and the free Metroshuttle only run during the daytime and not on Sundays)!!!! The Righteous One
  • Score: -43

12:50pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Hulton Park says...

"Inclusive" AND "community driven". Well I never.

No doubt this new cinema will also drive forward a a step change in blue-sky thinking.
"Inclusive" AND "community driven". Well I never. No doubt this new cinema will also drive forward a a step change in blue-sky thinking. Hulton Park
  • Score: 3

1:19pm Fri 21 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

If they put subtitles on the screen of every different language in Bolton then the screen would be covered and no one could watch the film. And why would "gay" seating be any different than "hetro" seating????????? Do they also have seating for over weight councillors?
If they put subtitles on the screen of every different language in Bolton then the screen would be covered and no one could watch the film. And why would "gay" seating be any different than "hetro" seating????????? Do they also have seating for over weight councillors? boltonnut
  • Score: 53

2:12pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Wolfie190 says...

I didnt know ethnics, homesexuals and the disabled were banned from other cinemas. Hate these meaningless PC liberal buzz words its a bloody cinema not a labour party conference!
I didnt know ethnics, homesexuals and the disabled were banned from other cinemas. Hate these meaningless PC liberal buzz words its a bloody cinema not a labour party conference! Wolfie190
  • Score: 15

2:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

soup153 says...

Netflix saves around £50 a trip because three of us want to go.
Netflix saves around £50 a trip because three of us want to go. soup153
  • Score: 5

2:26pm Fri 21 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

It's ok guys, the cinema will be earmarked for apartments once it fails. Watch this space. Get Cllr Morris out now!
It's ok guys, the cinema will be earmarked for apartments once it fails. Watch this space. Get Cllr Morris out now! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 9

2:29pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ruined heritage says...

Interesting to see the new cinema is to be located above Cappuchinos, could this cafe be forced out to make the new entrance for the cinema - i suspect so given the coverage BEN gave on Saturday about their food hygiene rating, perhaps the story was a clever tactic by Mr Morris to driven them out of business?
Interesting to see the new cinema is to be located above Cappuchinos, could this cafe be forced out to make the new entrance for the cinema - i suspect so given the coverage BEN gave on Saturday about their food hygiene rating, perhaps the story was a clever tactic by Mr Morris to driven them out of business? ruined heritage
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Fri 21 Feb 14

DC Ferret says...

Is no story featured in the Bolton News safe from the apolitical right wing bigots? I used to get annoyed with the lot of you, but now I just laugh at how peurile, parochial and parody rich you are, welcome to Royston Vasey, with a local cinema, for local straight able bodied white christian people
Is no story featured in the Bolton News safe from the apolitical right wing bigots? I used to get annoyed with the lot of you, but now I just laugh at how peurile, parochial and parody rich you are, welcome to Royston Vasey, with a local cinema, for local straight able bodied white christian people DC Ferret
  • Score: -37

3:05pm Fri 21 Feb 14

stereo_world says...

boltonnut wrote:
If they put subtitles on the screen of every different language in Bolton then the screen would be covered and no one could watch the film. And why would "gay" seating be any different than "hetro" seating????????? Do they also have seating for over weight councillors?
Are you actually a moron?
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: If they put subtitles on the screen of every different language in Bolton then the screen would be covered and no one could watch the film. And why would "gay" seating be any different than "hetro" seating????????? Do they also have seating for over weight councillors?[/p][/quote]Are you actually a moron? stereo_world
  • Score: -33

3:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

steveG says...

It will be great to see lesbian and transgender people in the cinema - I do hope they enjoy their visit.
It will be great to see lesbian and transgender people in the cinema - I do hope they enjoy their visit. steveG
  • Score: 1

8:09am Sat 22 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Who in their right minds is going to go into a dodgy unsafe Bolton Town center in the evening & pay to park for a Cinema that is a ten min walk to get there apart from teenagers and Students. The out of Town ones we have are comfortable convenient & safe to go to. Both Town Cinemas will be gone within two yrs.
Who in their right minds is going to go into a dodgy unsafe Bolton Town center in the evening & pay to park for a Cinema that is a ten min walk to get there apart from teenagers and Students. The out of Town ones we have are comfortable convenient & safe to go to. Both Town Cinemas will be gone within two yrs. thomas222
  • Score: 3

8:13am Sat 22 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

ruined heritage wrote:
Interesting to see the new cinema is to be located above Cappuchinos, could this cafe be forced out to make the new entrance for the cinema - i suspect so given the coverage BEN gave on Saturday about their food hygiene rating, perhaps the story was a clever tactic by Mr Morris to driven them out of business?
Would you want someone who serves up sub standard food and has dirty food standards in your new complex. They caused the problem not the new developers.
[quote][p][bold]ruined heritage[/bold] wrote: Interesting to see the new cinema is to be located above Cappuchinos, could this cafe be forced out to make the new entrance for the cinema - i suspect so given the coverage BEN gave on Saturday about their food hygiene rating, perhaps the story was a clever tactic by Mr Morris to driven them out of business?[/p][/quote]Would you want someone who serves up sub standard food and has dirty food standards in your new complex. They caused the problem not the new developers. thomas222
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Hilarious tripe.
"....another vote of confidence for the town centre.?
You mean like when 8,000 Boltonians asked you not to throw out the market hall stalls?
>>>>>
"...at the heart of Bolton town centre?
It hasn't got a heart any more - you ripped it out with the market stalls.
>>>>>
"........Constructed effectively.........
..."?
I bloody well hope so, or Health and Safety will have a field day. We don't want it sliding off the bloomin roof !
>>>>>
Community driven?
Like all the stall holders who were driven out of the market hall?
>>>>>
Inclusive?
Oh - you mean like Bolton was in the time of all those Celts, Romans, Scots Vikings, Flemish, Normans, Irish, Pakistani, Indians Polish..............
......
>>>>>
"subtitles and a choice for the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community." How will we know which is the transgender or bisexual seating - and how will we know what subtitles to follow?
I hope the seating will be better than on Bolton's buses, I can only just get one cheek on the number 8's!
>>>>>
And since when has being L,B,G or T ever been an illness? Are we going to have a separate loos for each category?
>>>>>
Patronising Corporate Bull....8.
Hilarious tripe. "....another vote of confidence for the town centre.? You mean like when 8,000 Boltonians asked you not to throw out the market hall stalls? >>>>> "...at the heart of Bolton town centre? It hasn't got a heart any more - you ripped it out with the market stalls. >>>>> "........Constructed effectively......... ..."? I bloody well hope so, or Health and Safety will have a field day. We don't want it sliding off the bloomin roof ! >>>>> Community driven? Like all the stall holders who were driven out of the market hall? >>>>> Inclusive? Oh - you mean like Bolton was in the time of all those Celts, Romans, Scots Vikings, Flemish, Normans, Irish, Pakistani, Indians Polish.............. ...... >>>>> "subtitles and a choice for the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community." How will we know which is the transgender or bisexual seating - and how will we know what subtitles to follow? I hope the seating will be better than on Bolton's buses, I can only just get one cheek on the number 8's! >>>>> And since when has being L,B,G or T ever been an illness? Are we going to have a separate loos for each category? >>>>> Patronising Corporate Bull....8. Puffin-Billy
  • Score: 3

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