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'Good News' On North Bay Cinema Says Scarborough MP

'Good News' On North Bay Cinema Says Scarborough MP

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:00am 25th June 2018. (Updated at 6:27am 25th June 2018)

Scarborough's MP Robert Goodwill says it's 'good news' that a multiplex cinema is still set to appear on the North Bay.

Earlier this week, we told you how developers Benchmark Leisure was changing its plans. The original idea was for a seven screen cinema, but it's now planned to be five or screens with more residential apartments.

Benchmark Leisure also says it wants the complex open by the end of summer 2019. With a number of high street franchise restaurants getting into financial difficulty recently, the developers have now chosen centre the project around local chains. 

It's not the first time the proposed opening date for the development has been moved. It was originally set to be ready by Easter 2018 and then at the end of the last year, we told you how a new date had been set for Easter 2019. 

Some works were carried out on the complex, on the former Atlantis site in January 2017, but there has not seemingly been any work on the area since. 

Robert said:

"We've long been short of a decent mulitplex cinema. There are cinemas in Scarborough but a lot of people I speak to will go as far as York to visit the cinema. 

So it's great that's going ahead and it's looking like work could start in the autumn and we could have the cinema there at some point in 2019. 

That will be a great resource."

And he also believes it makes sense to reduce the number of screens from the original seven:

"Well I think that reflects the economics of running a cinema in a place such as Scarborough. 

There are a lot of days in the winter where it might be more difficult to fill all those screens.

But I am pleased now that they're looking at local restaurateurs, rather than national franchises coming in."

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