Bolton could have two town centre cinemas as second plan is approved

The Bolton News: A technical drawing showing plans for the new cinema at Crompton Place A technical drawing showing plans for the new cinema at Crompton Place

FILM lovers will be seeing double in Bolton, as plans for a SECOND town centre cinema were given the green light.

Crompton Place Shopping Centre now has permission to start building an 11-screen cinema in the old TK Maxx unit, after councillors backed the plans at a Town Hall meeting.

Under the plans 10 businesses on the ground floor, including Pound Empire, will be evicted to make way for four restaurants.

However, the scheme can only go ahead with the condition an entrance from Crompton Place to Bradshawgate is built.

The former entrance on to the town centre street was closed when Primark expanded.

Approval for the scheme comes as rival shopping centre the Market Place started work this week on its own, nine-screen cinema, plus restaurant and bar space, in its vaulted basements.

Tim Vaughan, chief executive of the Moorgarth Group, which owns the Market Place, wrote to the committee, saying that Crompton Place had admitted Bolton town centre could not support two cinemas.

Crompton Place had tried to scupper the Market Place’s chance of bringing a cinema by threatening legal action.

Mr Vaughan added: “Indeed, the applicant, through their failed judicial review, has already demonstrated their desire to deliberately frustrate development and regeneration in Bolton town centre, and we strongly believe this should be a major consideration for the committee.”

Ahead of yesterday’s meeting of the planning committee, councillors were told they could not judge the plans by comparing it with other town centre schemes — and it was up to the market to decide which centre would be built and succeed.

Moving approval, Cllr Nick Peel said: “It’s a positive scheme — the council has long had an ambition to bring leisure uses to the town centre, and this does fill that gap.

“It’s a shame that we have got another shopping centre building a cinema, and one is not looking to build a bowling alley, which is something I would enjoy in my own leisure time.”

The last remaining cinema in Bolton, the Cannon 123 on Bradshawgate, closed in 1998 and was demolished.

The scheme would see the existing first floor, containing the top floor of New Look, Games Workshop and the vacant former TK Maxx shop, converted into 11 screens and a restaurant.

Rooms and storage space on the second floor will be demolished, to form the upper level of the cinema and another restaurant.

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3:47pm Fri 6 Jun 14

chrisbain124 says...

thats just plain stupid santander who own crompton place they are just bitter they did not have the idea first for new cinema basically 5 mins apart come on how dumb they sais going to take legal action if they dont get what they want that to me is blackmail hope people boycott the crompton place cinema for there stupidity everyone wanted a bowling ally that would of been the wiser choice we not had a bowling ally since the shiftnol street bowling ally shutdown in the 90's
thats just plain stupid santander who own crompton place they are just bitter they did not have the idea first for new cinema basically 5 mins apart come on how dumb they sais going to take legal action if they dont get what they want that to me is blackmail hope people boycott the crompton place cinema for there stupidity everyone wanted a bowling ally that would of been the wiser choice we not had a bowling ally since the shiftnol street bowling ally shutdown in the 90's chrisbain124
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

chrisbain124 wrote:
thats just plain stupid santander who own crompton place they are just bitter they did not have the idea first for new cinema basically 5 mins apart come on how dumb they sais going to take legal action if they dont get what they want that to me is blackmail hope people boycott the crompton place cinema for there stupidity everyone wanted a bowling ally that would of been the wiser choice we not had a bowling ally since the shiftnol street bowling ally shutdown in the 90's
I'm not optimistic for either of them, personally. Think a multi purpose exhibition centre would have been a better idea, that could have catered for a multiplex cinema, concert hall and museum.

Having said that the filling station at Morrison's has taken an ideal opportunity to have such a place close to the new bus station away.
[quote][p][bold]chrisbain124[/bold] wrote: thats just plain stupid santander who own crompton place they are just bitter they did not have the idea first for new cinema basically 5 mins apart come on how dumb they sais going to take legal action if they dont get what they want that to me is blackmail hope people boycott the crompton place cinema for there stupidity everyone wanted a bowling ally that would of been the wiser choice we not had a bowling ally since the shiftnol street bowling ally shutdown in the 90's[/p][/quote]I'm not optimistic for either of them, personally. Think a multi purpose exhibition centre would have been a better idea, that could have catered for a multiplex cinema, concert hall and museum. Having said that the filling station at Morrison's has taken an ideal opportunity to have such a place close to the new bus station away. Ernagy2
  • Score: -3

4:26pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

I hope the cinemas choose different styles of films, otherwise they will put each other out of business.
I hope the cinemas choose different styles of films, otherwise they will put each other out of business. Ernagy2
  • Score: 4

4:57pm Fri 6 Jun 14

stantheman133 says...

Its about time we can go into town like we use to on a night out instead of going out of town.
Its about time we can go into town like we use to on a night out instead of going out of town. stantheman133
  • Score: 4

7:48pm Fri 6 Jun 14

nomore352 says...

Crompton place would be ideal for a top quality night club which would attract people from other towns.
A venue similar to the badly sited Atlantlis would be a much needed asset. A modern disco could be hi tech providing a safe meeting place for internet daters.
Crompton place would be ideal for a top quality night club which would attract people from other towns. A venue similar to the badly sited Atlantlis would be a much needed asset. A modern disco could be hi tech providing a safe meeting place for internet daters. nomore352
  • Score: 4

6:42am Sat 7 Jun 14

Hectoriva says...

Is this the same Bolton council who approved a new multi million pound bus interchange & then cut the amount of busses to & from the town? 2 cinemas is stupid, it will confuse out of town visitors, as said take each other's customers and could be used as a better venue for the town.....a club being a good idea! All those bars/pus just ooze bingeing & aggression, not good atmospheres!
Is this the same Bolton council who approved a new multi million pound bus interchange & then cut the amount of busses to & from the town? 2 cinemas is stupid, it will confuse out of town visitors, as said take each other's customers and could be used as a better venue for the town.....a club being a good idea! All those bars/pus just ooze bingeing & aggression, not good atmospheres! Hectoriva
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jonolakes says...

Bolton needs two cinemas like las vegas needs more casinos!!! - who in the right mind is planning all this!!!!
Bolton needs two cinemas like las vegas needs more casinos!!! - who in the right mind is planning all this!!!! jonolakes
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