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It's a real blockbuster! Cinema rising up over Stafford

By Carl Jackson | Stafford | News | Published:

From breaking news to blockbusters, the cinema being built at a former Express & Star office is fast taking shape.

The construction company behind the new cinema in Stafford has now started putting up steel girders at the site in Bridge Street

Simons construction has now started installing the steel girders at the Bridge Street site in Stafford which overlooks the River Sow and the Stafford Borough Council offices.

This is the view from the top of the Riverside car park which will hopefully be packed with cinema goers coming into the town in their droves by the end of next year.

Simons stated last month that the development was well on track to be finished by its target date at the end of June after some initial challenges have been overcome at the brownfield plot.

Odeon will take on the six-screen venue when it is built and it is expected to open some time from next summer onwards although an exact date has yet to be publicised.

Last month we revealed the number of seats is understood to have been halved from 800 in the original plans to 400 with Odeon now referring to the cinema as a 'luxury' venue.

But the operator is remaining tight-lipped on details of the project until closer to opening.

Councillor Chris Baron, who represents the town centre ward, said: "It has got to be a good thing for the town. I know we have a cinema already but in comparison it is small and they are limited as to what they can put on.

"So this will help liven that end of town up and boost the night-time economy."

Carl Jackson

By Carl Jackson
Reporter - @cjackson_star

Senior reporter for Staffordshire and Walsall.

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