Bosses at Cabot Circus have told Bristol Live that they ‘remain committed’ to having a large cinema as part of the shopping centre, and hope to have a ‘renewed cinema alongside other complimentary uses’ in the future.
A spokesperson for the shopping centre’s owners Hammerson has said a cinema is a ‘key part’ of Cabot Circus, and hinted they would be looking to replace the Showcase cinema branch with a different cinema chain.
Earlier today, Bristol Live broke the news that the 14-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux at Cabot Circus is set to close next week, with the last film screening taking place on November 30.
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The shopping centre’s statement doesn’t refer directly to the closure of Showcase. “The vision of Cabot Circus is to be a leading, multi-purpose destination that thrives in the heart of Bristol city centre,” a spokesperson said. “Social, cultural and entertainment uses are a key part of Cabot Circus, and we remain committed to providing a best in class, renewed cinema alongside other complimentary uses. We look forward to providing more updates soon.”
It remains to be seen if another big chain could take on the Cabot Circus cinema multiplex – Cineworld is also cutting back its cinemas, and is closing the Hengrove Park multiplex in South Bristol on Sunday this week. One way forward could be a smaller-scale cinema and leisure complex, potentially with other leisure uses for the key shopping centre site.
Bristol’s other larger cinema chains are Odeon – which has a historic cinema in Union Street – and Vue, which has two multiplexes on the outskirts of the city at Cribbs Causeway and Longwell Green. Odeon’s site opposite The Galleries shopping centre is in an area of the city centre that is currently facing the long-term prospect of regeneration, with big plans to transform The Galleries shopping centre and surrounding areas into a more diverse area of offices, student accommodation, flats and shops.
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