Famous local director to open new Beeston cinema



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The Arc de Beeston cinema will open its doors to the public on Friday, May 18, just in time for the bank holiday weekend.

A launch event to celebrate the opening of the new cinema will take place in the presence of members of the local council and other guests. Acclaimed director and local Beeston director Shane Meadows has officially declared the cinema open ahead of the screening of his award-winning film City of Somers.

The Beeston Social will open in the new scheme

Meadows said: “I am truly delighted for the people of Beeston that such an incredible facility has opened in our downtown area. Beeston is a great place to live and having access to a local cinema will be great for the community. The Arc will make the visit to the cinema, to watch the best films on offer, much more accessible. They already involve local schools too, so I hope the children of Beeston will be inspired to tell their own stories and also have the opportunity to learn more about the industry.

The Arc Cinema opening is part of Broxtowe City Council’s £ 50million long-term plans to revitalize Beeston town center and will also include a new residential area. Supported by funding from D2N2, the new Beeston Square in the city center is expected to attract more and more people to stay local and support the city.

Last week Fletchergate Industries, which owns iconic venues such as the Hockley Arts Club in Nottingham, announced that it would be opening its Beeston Social as part of the development. Further tenant announcements are expected shortly.

Greg Marshall of Broxtowe Council said: “This development has taken a long time and we are delighted that the time has come to open its doors. This is community wealth creation at its best, a Council-backed initiative that works closely with businesses and developers to secure jobs and long-term economic gains for Broxtowe. Everyone has been going through a rough time during COVID so we are delighted Cinema Arc has decided to invest in Beeston. We want local businesses and communities to thrive and be proud to call this city their home. “

The cinema has a total of 700 luxury leather power reclining seats and digital laser projection and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound in 6 of its 8 screens.

The remaining two screens feature the giant Hypersense format, new to the market, which uses 4k laser projection and Dolby Atmos to convey the drama of each scene with maximum impact and precision.

Caroline Smith – a local resident – is the new director of The Arc Cinema.

She said: “I am delighted to finally be able to welcome people to their new theater. We have a wonderful team here who can’t wait to start making cinema in Beeston an unforgettable event.

“We will be joined in Beeston Square by our new neighbors Beeston Social and with more announcements underway, we are excited to play our part in establishing Beeston Square as the premier destination for entertainment, food and drink from high quality with real individuality and personality.

“All relevant Covid 19 restrictions will obviously be in place, but we’re sure they won’t take anything away from the overall experience. We can’t wait to see everyone. “


Gladys T. Hensley

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