Wisbech to do The Light fantastic as contracts signed for eight screen cinema at �50million Tesco complex
GERMANY, Romania, Liverpool and next stop Wisbech?
That now looks to be the case for entrepreneurs John Sullivan and Keith Pullinger who, two years after opening their first cinema, signed a contract this week with Tesco for their fourth complex at Wisbech.
The duo launched The Light cinema group in Bucharest, Romania, in October 2008 when they opened a seven screen, all digital site. This was followed in July 2009 with a cinema in Halle, Germany and on December 2 they open a �5.5 million eight screen cinema in New Brighton, Liverpool.
Now they plan an eight screen digital complex in Wisbech in early 2013 as part of the �50 million Tesco development in the town.
Mr Sullivan said: “This will be one of the first, purpose built, all-digital cinemas in the country.
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“We’ll also provide extra screens to show specialist films and live music concerts and sporting events. That means the cinema could be used during the day by schools or even businesses for corporate events”.
The plans form part of a joint initiative by The Light, Cromwell Retail Developments and Tesco. Two separate sites are being developed including the former stadium site.
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A series of family restaurants will open adjoining the cinema.
The development partners also announced this week that Next has become the latest big name retailer to sign up for the adjoining new non food retail park.
Louise Gosling of Tesco said: “The existing Tesco will be knocked down and a new Tesco Extra will be built next to the new cinema on the stadium site.
“Our existing Tesco site will then become the new Cromwell Retail Park, but we’ll make sure the old store doesn’t close until the new one is up and running.”