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Gateshead to get new reflective clad cinema

19 June 2012 No Comment

Gateshead Council has approved plans for a new multiplex cinema to be built in the town, as part of a wider regeneration project, itv.comreports. Councillors on the Planning and Development Committee have agreed that a new Vue cinema will be constructed in Gateshead, creating around 60 jobs in the process.

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It is the ‘latest addition’ to the ongoing £150 million Trinity Square development project and aims to revamp the town centre; potentially attracting more visitors.

Designs submitted for an aesthetically-pleasing building

Initial designs suggest that the nine-screen cinema will be a very aesthetically-pleasing building, making use of over-sized glazing and reflective cladding. Exterior cladding might also help insulate the building, possibly preventing sound from outside ruining the viewing experience.

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Council leader, Mick Henry told bbc.co.uk how exciting the news was for local people:

“This is a really big and exciting step forwards in the revival of central Gateshead. It’s been decades since we’ve had a cinema right in the town centre and I know lots of people will be thrilled.”

Impressive regeneration development

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At £4.7 million, the cinema will be situated at the High Street junction and no doubt crown what looks to be an impressive regeneration development. Trinity Square is based on the former ‘Get Carter’ car park, a Tesco store and an indoor market. In their place will be 45 retail units, student accommodation, a health centre and a Tesco Extra, as well as the new cinema.

“I know it’s been a long road to get the regeneration of the town centre, but I hope local people are now seeing that patience is really paying off,” Mr Henry added.

The cinema should open its doors to new employees and the viewing public by the end of 2013.

Author: Elizabeth Smythe  Date Written: 18 June 2012
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