Cinema's opening date revealed

FILM fans will be able to enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbusters in the comfort of Suffolk's newest cinema within weeks after bosses announced the long-awaited complex's opening date.

FILM fans will be able to enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbusters in the comfort of Suffolk's newest cinema within weeks after bosses announced the long-awaited complex's opening date.

Movie fans in Bury St Edmunds have waited years for the much promised multiplex - and bosses behind the £15million CineWorld scheme have revealed the saga will finally end on November 18, when a gala opening takes place.

Developers Citygrove Ltd have remained tight-lipped over any special celebrity VIP who may be cutting the ribbon, but bosses have said they are compiling an extensive guest list, thought to include the great and the good of west Suffolk, to join in the celebrations.

News of the eight-screen complex's opening has been welcomed by community leaders - who say the cinema's completion further indicates the beginning of a “boom time” for the town, where nearly £150m in investment is promised over the coming years.

“There has been a long period of gestation, and when it happens, everybody will be pleased,” said Mike Ames, town mayor, who added the cinema will boost the local economy by attracting more custom to Bury.

“Everyone has been waiting a long time for this, not just in the town but also in the borough, and for me as town mayor it cannot come quickly enough.

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“I am very happy it is actually happening, and it will be another growth point, both socially and economically, in the town.

“It will create jobs in a town which is enjoying a bit of a boom time of late, and the future is bright for Bury.”

The cinema development is the first of three major projects planned for the town over the coming months.

Next year, work is due to start on the £85m Cattle Market redevelopment - which will boast 35 new shops, a Debenhams department store and a public building - and £42m of investment is also earmarked to regenerate Bury's West Suffolk College.

John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “After so many years of waiting, this is obviously fantastic news for Bury and the surrounding areas and reflects the increasing prosperity and the new facilities available to people in this area.

“The cinema will both attract visitors to the lovely town of Bury and will also mean the people of the town and borough will not have to travel so far for their entertainments.”

Plans for the cinema have been in the pipeline for seven years. Between 40 and 50 jobs will be created at the complex, which also boasts five restaurants and takeaways.

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