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Ipswich: New cinema on the way as borough backs Buttermarket multiplex

19:09 26 September 2012

An artist impression of what the  Vue cinema in Ipswich could look like

An artist impression of what the Vue cinema in Ipswich could look like

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A NEW nine-screen Vue cinema is to be carved out of the Buttermarket centre after the borough approved a planning application today.

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The borough’s planning and development committee unanimously approved the conversion of most of the former department store into a cinema.

There will also be new restaurants and cafes developed on the upper floor of the mall as part of the application.

Work on the project is expected to start early next year and the new cinema should be open for business by the summer of 2014.

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9 comments

  • Why did we pull down the cinema that was there in the first place, and why is the purpose built building at Majors Corner standing unused? How many more cafes and bars are we gonig to have in the town? This is getting silly to the point of ridiculous now, we need DECENT shops so that people want to come to our town, all we have currently are cafes, bookies and charity shops. Then again, no point trying to come to Ipswich anyway as all roads in, and out, of the town centre are being dug up so takes over an hour to get to the centre, let alone get out again. When will someone start thinking sensibly and begin getting what was once a town to be proud of, back on the map?

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    Irene Wragg

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Part of the planning ok should have to allow shows at the corn exchange to use one of the theatres. That would allow the market to return to the corn exchange

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    m01

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Erm now you see it.....now you don't.......now you see it. I'm sure they demolished a cinema to build the Buttermarket. Why not knock down the Tower Ramparts centre and build a ........school? Maybe Crown Pools could be demolished to make way for a garage??

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    Mr R Soles

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • About time something to brighten up the buttermarket and a much better cinema then rip off £12 a film and £6 popcorn cineworld.

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    mr_tall

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • So Ipswich couldn't support an Odeon and Cineworld together leaving a rundown building in the centre of town. So lets try again in the Buttermarket when we have poor transport and parking - good idea town planners!

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    FredFlintstone

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Buttermarket was built on the site of Cowells. Too much negativity here i feel, its better to have something like a cinema in the Buttermarket than more and more empty shops. And the Odeon is simply not fit for anything, it'll remain derelict for years!

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    DP

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • To correct previous posters on this subject the Buttermarket Shopping Centre is not on the site of the former ABC cinema. That was farther up the Buttermarket next to the Ancient House and the site is now occupied by British Home Stores.

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    Ken M

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Why? In addition to the derelict hulk of the old Odeon, there's already a multiscreen cinema showing so-called "mainstream" Hollywood pap on the ugly retail estate near the docks, and there's also a little two-screen cinema nestled in the bowels of The Corn Exchange behind the Waitrose supermarket catering for a middle-class audience willing to spend £6.50 to see non-mainstream films rated either 12A or 15, or double that for a projected image of a west end show. What market would another multiscreen cinema serve? The cineastes of Ipswich have only so many hours in the week and so much money to spend gazing at celluloid, that this so-called "Buttermarket Multiplex" may prove to be the cinematic straw that breaks the white elephant's back!

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    bigger niche

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Sorry Pedants I meant The Buttermarket Shopping ExperienceEmporium. (Before you start).

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    Mr R Soles

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

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