Almost a wrap for Trowbridge cinema

Almost a wrap for Trowbridge cinema

Odeon engineer Peter Grimes installs one of the projectors

Frontage of the new cinema almost complete

First published in Trowbridge by

The building work at Trowbridge’s new £3.7million cinema is finished, with staff now putting the finishing touches to its interior.

The seven-screen Odeon, at the new St Stephens Place Leisure Park, is set to open on October 25 and manager Nick Price is now putting plans in place for a launch party.

Mr Price, who is moving to Hilperton after managing a cinema in Wales, said: “It is amazing how much the cinema has come on even in the last week or so.

“There’s a real buzz and this is the first time that the staff have been able to come inside and have a look – we can’t wait to get going.”

The cinema has seven state-of-the-art unmanned digital projectors that have been installed and are being overseen by Peter Grimes, who trained as an engineer at Westinghouse, in Chippenham, during the 1970s.

Cinema service engineer Mr Grimes, who lives in Norfolk, said: “This development is going be a great bonus for the town. Having been familiar with the area during the 1970s it is amazing seeing how it has changed and continues to change.”

Before the cinema was finished the Odeon’s 30 staff were training at the branch in Bath and holding team bonding sessions at Trowbridge Civic Centre.

They will be supporting Trowbridge Carnival, which runs in the town centre from 7pm tomorrow, with a team dressed as their favourite film characters giving out discount vouchers.

When completed, the £17m leisure park will have six restaurants and an 80-bed Premier Inn in addition to the cinema, where there is also a Costa Coffee.

So far, a Nando’s, expected to open at the start of November, and a Prezzo, which is due to open on December 12, have been announced, with the remaining four occupants still unknown.

Prezzo chief executive Jonathan Kaye said: “We are looking forward to opening our new restaurant in Trowbridge.

“We believe that it will appeal to people of all ages and be an asset to the town’s social scene.”

Prezzo will be hiring 20 staff as part of their new £500,000 store.

For job information email karol@prezzoplc.co.uk

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8:25pm Tue 22 Oct 13

yeold6x says...

four more unlet units at SSP? Is the reason they haven't announced the interested parties because there aren't any.
four more unlet units at SSP? Is the reason they haven't announced the interested parties because there aren't any. yeold6x
  • Score: 2

8:21am Wed 23 Oct 13

brandx says...

Yes, this is the big untold story - what is going to happen to the unlet units on the site? Probably more important, what is going to be done about the Peter Black site? What an eyesore. Hardly the best advert for Trowbridge and the new St Stephens development.
While we areon about festering sites - surely the Bowyers site will eventually end up with another supermarket, maybe a filling station and yet more housing.
Yes, this is the big untold story - what is going to happen to the unlet units on the site? Probably more important, what is going to be done about the Peter Black site? What an eyesore. Hardly the best advert for Trowbridge and the new St Stephens development. While we areon about festering sites - surely the Bowyers site will eventually end up with another supermarket, maybe a filling station and yet more housing. brandx
  • Score: 2

10:55am Wed 23 Oct 13

AMVanquish007 says...

No Brandx-Innox Riverside will have the Morrisons supermarket and restaurants and petrol station-once the planning inspectorate passes the Cineworld application on Jan 7th (the inspectorate really cannot turn down a competitor who wishes to build) then it will go into full swing.
Im sure most of the restaurant operators are holding back to see how Innox Riverside (the better site) goes.
There was an article yesterday which clearly indicates Cineworlds intentions and Trowbridge is in their plans
http://www.reuters.c
om/article/2013/10/2
2/cineworld-idUSL5N0
IC15E20131022
No Brandx-Innox Riverside will have the Morrisons supermarket and restaurants and petrol station-once the planning inspectorate passes the Cineworld application on Jan 7th (the inspectorate really cannot turn down a competitor who wishes to build) then it will go into full swing. Im sure most of the restaurant operators are holding back to see how Innox Riverside (the better site) goes. There was an article yesterday which clearly indicates Cineworlds intentions and Trowbridge is in their plans http://www.reuters.c om/article/2013/10/2 2/cineworld-idUSL5N0 IC15E20131022 AMVanquish007
  • Score: 0

10:59am Wed 23 Oct 13

AMVanquish007 says...

http://www.cityam.co
m/article/1382488806
/cineworld-aims-open
-25-new-cinemas-2017


Here is an additional link
http://www.cityam.co m/article/1382488806 /cineworld-aims-open -25-new-cinemas-2017 Here is an additional link AMVanquish007
  • Score: -1

11:05am Wed 23 Oct 13

AMVanquish007 says...

If the above links dont work just Google -Cineworld 25 new sites to 2017
If the above links dont work just Google -Cineworld 25 new sites to 2017 AMVanquish007
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Wed 23 Oct 13

jigsaw 5 says...

I hope they get a kiosk shop nearby. Won't be buying rip off Odeon snacks. Pizza hut cheaper than Prezzo so Bath better option and more nightlife for me , sorry.
I hope they get a kiosk shop nearby. Won't be buying rip off Odeon snacks. Pizza hut cheaper than Prezzo so Bath better option and more nightlife for me , sorry. jigsaw 5
  • Score: -1

4:17pm Wed 23 Oct 13

frankie007 says...

I'm amazed that Nando's & Prezzo aren't going to open at the same time as the cinema. Surely an opportunity missed.
I'm amazed that Nando's & Prezzo aren't going to open at the same time as the cinema. Surely an opportunity missed. frankie007
  • Score: 0

10:27pm Wed 23 Oct 13

yeold6x says...

Odeon would probably oppose a kiosk in a nearby unit, the vue cinema near me is very strict on customers bring in their own snacks/drinks even going so far as refusing entry to anyone who is seen taking their own stuff. Lucky I have big pockets ideal for enough pick'n'mix from Wilkos. if the prices were more reasonable people would but the products on offer. £2 for a bottle of water is too much.
Odeon would probably oppose a kiosk in a nearby unit, the vue cinema near me is very strict on customers bring in their own snacks/drinks even going so far as refusing entry to anyone who is seen taking their own stuff. Lucky I have big pockets ideal for enough pick'n'mix from Wilkos. if the prices were more reasonable people would but the products on offer. £2 for a bottle of water is too much. yeold6x
  • Score: 6

10:34pm Wed 23 Oct 13

yeold6x says...

AMV is IRS likely to get permission? Far better to have a rival cinema that will give the catchment area a choice of venues to view the film. I'm not against SSP but feel that the site is far from perfect with parking at a premium. What will happen if the cinema is full, the hotel guests and restaurant clients are all there and there is an event at the 'IKEA' civic hall or event in the park, where are they all going to park? IRS is better in a better position and will be better as a cinema rather than another gym as previously thought. Im sure PCS has all the answers!!
AMV is IRS likely to get permission? Far better to have a rival cinema that will give the catchment area a choice of venues to view the film. I'm not against SSP but feel that the site is far from perfect with parking at a premium. What will happen if the cinema is full, the hotel guests and restaurant clients are all there and there is an event at the 'IKEA' civic hall or event in the park, where are they all going to park? IRS is better in a better position and will be better as a cinema rather than another gym as previously thought. Im sure PCS has all the answers!! yeold6x
  • Score: 2

9:43am Thu 24 Oct 13

New 2 Trow says...

why dont you lot open a resturant in the vacant units and even better, buy the peter blacks site yourself!
why dont you lot open a resturant in the vacant units and even better, buy the peter blacks site yourself! New 2 Trow
  • Score: -4

10:07am Thu 24 Oct 13

localtoo says...

Hey look - a new cinema is opening in Trowbridge - surely that's actually some good news for a change - forget about the tiresome petty squabbling that has followed this build the whole way - traffic has always been bad in trowbridge, will it get worse, probably/maybe - I don't tend to go into Trowbridge anymore but I probably will now - is that good or bad for Trowbridge? I know a lot of people that actually see this as a good thing
Hey look - a new cinema is opening in Trowbridge - surely that's actually some good news for a change - forget about the tiresome petty squabbling that has followed this build the whole way - traffic has always been bad in trowbridge, will it get worse, probably/maybe - I don't tend to go into Trowbridge anymore but I probably will now - is that good or bad for Trowbridge? I know a lot of people that actually see this as a good thing localtoo
  • Score: 7

10:35am Thu 24 Oct 13

New 2 Trow says...

007 refused to comment whether he'd put his head on the line and refuse SSP.

On Innox Riverside appeal 007, is it acceptable to demolish listed buildings to make way for a petrol station? Do you hold our heritage in such low regard?

Instead of waiting until January 2014 for the appeal and March for the decision it would be far quicker for Mr Horner to reapply for the cinema etc and with the petrol station in the place he got it approved in the back up application (without demolishing the LB's). He could have realised this in 2011 and changed the plans before they were refused, but he and 007 are too minded to admit the mistake.

In regards to your previous comment about monoplies, I have no idea; but isnt this what Judical Reviews are for? No Judical Review was submitted for SSP?
007 refused to comment whether he'd put his head on the line and refuse SSP. On Innox Riverside appeal 007, is it acceptable to demolish listed buildings to make way for a petrol station? Do you hold our heritage in such low regard? Instead of waiting until January 2014 for the appeal and March for the decision it would be far quicker for Mr Horner to reapply for the cinema etc and with the petrol station in the place he got it approved in the back up application (without demolishing the LB's). He could have realised this in 2011 and changed the plans before they were refused, but he and 007 are too minded to admit the mistake. In regards to your previous comment about monoplies, I have no idea; but isnt this what Judical Reviews are for? No Judical Review was submitted for SSP? New 2 Trow
  • Score: -1

11:48am Thu 24 Oct 13

PaulB1983 says...

Has it been confirmed which of Prezzo's restaurants are opening?

Really hope it's Chimichanga.
Has it been confirmed which of Prezzo's restaurants are opening? Really hope it's Chimichanga. PaulB1983
  • Score: -3

1:17pm Fri 25 Oct 13

18Years says...

Hey AMV, wasn't Frankie and Benny's meant to sign up for IRS along with Prezzo? So much negativity on this site! I'm just excited (along with everyone I know) to have a cinema.
Hey AMV, wasn't Frankie and Benny's meant to sign up for IRS along with Prezzo? So much negativity on this site! I'm just excited (along with everyone I know) to have a cinema. 18Years
  • Score: 0

11:14pm Fri 25 Oct 13

yeold6x says...

18 years excited so you and all your chav mates can go and spend your benefits on burgers and annoy the working people who pay good money to watch a film without idiots throwing popcorn about?
18 years excited so you and all your chav mates can go and spend your benefits on burgers and annoy the working people who pay good money to watch a film without idiots throwing popcorn about? yeold6x
  • Score: -1

1:59pm Sat 26 Oct 13

18Years says...

18 Years refers to how long I've lived in Trowbridge, not my age. I work hard for living, along with my partner to support our two daughters so maybe you shouldn't be such a judgemental fool.
18 Years refers to how long I've lived in Trowbridge, not my age. I work hard for living, along with my partner to support our two daughters so maybe you shouldn't be such a judgemental fool. 18Years
  • Score: 0

2:05pm Sat 26 Oct 13

18Years says...

Also I think you're out of order for assuming that all 18 year olds are chavvy benefit scroungers. I know plenty of intelligent, inspiring 18 years who are currently studying or working hard in their respective professions. It's narrow-minded bigoted people like you who give this town a bad name as much as all the chavs you referred to.
Also I think you're out of order for assuming that all 18 year olds are chavvy benefit scroungers. I know plenty of intelligent, inspiring 18 years who are currently studying or working hard in their respective professions. It's narrow-minded bigoted people like you who give this town a bad name as much as all the chavs you referred to. 18Years
  • Score: 1

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