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Cinema Plans Given Go-Ahead

Wednesday November 19 2014

PLANS to build a nine-screen cinema and six restaurants at the Alhambra have been given the green light by the council.

The development will create up to 230 jobs - 60 at the cinema, 160 in the restaurants and ten in security and maintenance.

The extension will be built on top of the existing roof structure.

The multi-million pound investment, made by landlords F&C Reit, is expected to start in April 2015.

Spencer Gower, from F&C Reit, said: "It will bring a much-needed leisure hub to Barnsley and confirms our belief and commitment to the town centre.

"We want to make it a destination that brings people in from the surrounding areas which will also benefit the local economy."

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Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 09:45
Great news. Hopefully its the start or the regen of the town centre so we can finally put behind the nonsenseof the 'pits closing killed the town' that keeps sprouting up. Time to look forward not back then maybe barnsley will be a great town to live and work in

Reply Posted by georgia on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 09:55
Brilliant news! Lets get barnsley back on top, i love this little old town. ☺

Reply Posted by AHR on Thursday November 20 2014 at 12:14
No doubt the films will have to add subtitles in 4 different languages.

Reply Posted by Liz on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 10:00
Hope it's a huge success but I just know we're going to get the doom and gloom merchants trying to bring it down before it starts !

Reply Posted by Landlord on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 10:06
I hope the council also spends more money here and around about the town, this should help increase my property's value even further by making the town more desirable, the current tenants have nearly paid of my first B2L mortgage and all the money I get from them is spendo money now, the property keeps going up and up, making me much richer on paper.

I think I ought to put the rent up soon to keep up with rising house prices. With a lack of new build housing and council housing and plenty of low paid jobs like the ones being created here, there should be plenty of low paid workers competing for somewhere to live. Putting the rent up should be a doddle, I ought to be able to take 50% of a workers income for providing a roof over their head, and they ought to be grateful there are charitable people like me creating homes for them. If I didn't buy the 2 up 2up down cheap when the last feckless person got made redundant got evicted after being unable to pay their mortgage it would have probably disapppeared from the face of the earth. If it wasn't for landlords like me, there wouldn't be any housing for the poor. Landlords are modern day saints, helping others by providing housing.

Reply Posted by sarah on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 10:10
I like this idea as it will mean my kids wont have to travel to meadowhell to watch the latest films, also it may bring more good shops into the area so people wont have to go to meadowhell in the first place once the parking chaos is sorted it will really bring the town back to life.

Reply Posted by Big Ken on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 10:15
It's great is this, good to have investment and improvement. I just hope it looks nicer than the picture above. Cos that looks baba

Reply Posted by Mrs F on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 10:29
I'm laughing out loud at Landlord's need to brag about his increasing wealth to everyone on a page purely dedicated to the approved plans of a new cinema! Please post your real name so we can all marvel at your affluence and bow to your superiority.....on our way to watch a film at the new cinema!! LOL!!!!

Reply Posted by laughing on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 10:40
Lol@ landlord.

You gotta love a troll.

Reply Posted by Mr S on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 10:44
Great news that BMBC are spending a good£40m or so in the town centre while also cutting £24m by closing all the areas surestart nurseries. So we will cut jobs and create less childcare opportunities meaning more people will stay at home to care for there children instead of working just so we can create 230 jobs. Sounds like a great plan.

You can make it look pretty but I guarantee the town will still be full of the same drunks and drug addicts that's been there for the last 20 years. I, like most, will stick to shopping in Meadowhall and Leeds.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 12:43
Mr S - Are you sure all the Sure Start Nurseries are closing? Plus the 230 jobs are being created by a private investment - Barnsley Council having to save money by whatever means and a private investment creating 230 jobs doesn't seem to have any connection.

Reply Posted by AHR on Thursday November 20 2014 at 12:10
What world do you live in, Proper jobs being sacrificed for jobs at a cinema that will probably pay the minimum wage and Zero hours contracts !.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Thursday November 20 2014 at 12:36
AHR - you really have no idea do you. What has Sure Start got to do with a private investment in the Alhambra. The Cinema will get built regardless of how much Barnsley Council has to save and whether this includes Sure Start being under the control of the Council or not.

Reply Posted by Barry Smith on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 11:04
I think it's a good idea, well done.

Reply Posted by patsy on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 11:17
Excellent news for Barnsley!! Really glad we dont have to travel to meadowhall anymore. And guys... Please, use your common sense when reading and replying to the 'landlords' comment above. This is obviously a joke by an idiot trying to cause drama. Dont give him the satisfaction. If that man meet me face to face and prove he owns a car let alone a house I'll eat my hat! The fact he needs to joke about low paid workers and redundancy quite clearly shows the plant pot has never worked a day in his sad life... When oh when will folk realise that there's desperately sad freaks that use these pages to try to gain a reaction because they have such empty lives... #didntfallforit! Lol x

Reply Posted by Mr C on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 12:52
I agree Patsy landlord is just trying to get a reaction the sad case
The town needs something like this as at the moment there isn't anything to make people even want to go to town it will definitely be a good thing but I bet it puts the pictures out of business

Reply Posted by To Patsy on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 13:04
Patsy, the cinema at meadowhall is awful and no better than what is currently in town apart from more options you get.

For me I often go to Cineworld at Centertainment. If you go to Vue its awful and cramped and you might as well just go to Parkway.

Reply Posted by landlordidiot on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 13:54
Having a rant about been a brilliant landlord this article is regarding the town and property value or not no one gives 2 flying pigs if tha a good landlord or not or how rich u r.... self righteous idiot get a grip cos no1 thinks ur a saint

Reply Posted by Malc on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 14:47
whys it took so long that old cinema is ancient

Reply Posted by The shamen on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 15:55
Buckets of kentucky fried chicken don't count. Got any veras?

Reply Posted by BFC19887 on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 16:22
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Reply Posted by 1887 on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 16:31
Lets hope the restaurants are along the lines of TGI, Nando's etc to get the Meadowhall crowd back you have to offer a similar product and not fill it with independent businesses.

Reply Posted by Jim on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 17:05
Just read that on a news site that "drastic measures need to be introduced to halt the fall in numbers of people attending cinemas". Sounds like a good time to build a new one......

Reply Posted by Dl on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 18:38
@jim - don't believe everything you read then, what was it The Daily Mash or The Sun.

Has Hollywood all of a sudden stopped making films?

Reply Posted by Jim on Thursday November 20 2014 at 08:46
It was the bbc, and it's about what cinemas charge, not where the films are made

Reply Posted by DI on Thursday November 20 2014 at 13:22
People will always want to watch new films and not wait months for their release on DVD. This is a win win situation for the town and finally catching up with the time. Now to change the mindset of it's folk and drag them out of 1984.

Reply Posted by Neil on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 18:56
230 jobs, all part time and minimum wage. They'll be so poorly paid that they won't be able to afford the ridiculous price of drinks and popcorn that the cinema will have to charge to get their 9 million quid investment back.

Also, @Malc, the Parkway was built in 1956, (and repainted this summer) so it's hardly ancient, and the seats are wide & comfortable & have loads of leg room.

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 20:23
Another failed project before it even starts.people have already voted with there feet.Young people want to go to classy eating areas that offers a choice of foods and security in a clean friendly enviroment

Not surrounded by the down and outs and beggars that already Hang around The Alambra and town centre on. Daily basis.

Remove the scum and beggars of the streets of Barnsley town centre

Reply Posted by pah on Thursday November 20 2014 at 13:24
Utter tosh, these people won't be hanging around the cinema's, security will sort to that. Build these places and bring the Barnsley folk back that are flocking to Meadowhall, the down and outs will soon move on. And how have people already voted with their feet, it hasn't opened yet.

Reply Posted by Sue on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 23:10
its just what we need too many places closing be good to have new fresh things n the cinema will be great no trailing to wakey or sheffield

Reply Posted by Jase on Thursday November 20 2014 at 08:12
Barnsley town is a dump full of low paid workers and the unemployed. Professional people avoid the town and many are moving away and the reason is not due to its lack of multi screen cinema. I for one will be getting out of this rubbish tip before it ends up like Rotherham

Reply Posted by To Jase on Thursday November 20 2014 at 12:43
Jase, what a pathetic view. I work in Leeds and visit Sheffield a lot to meet family and friends.

If you have visited, Manchester, Leeds or Sheffield you will notice plenty of folk who look like they have walked off the set of shameless or Skint.

Nothing at all wrong with Barnsley or the people in it, or the money they get paid. Its an issue with the whole of the country.

Not just Barnsley. Get to Sheffield, have a dive through Darnell, Hillsborough, Parsons Cross and check out the sights, then visit the centre and see the boarded up shops. While in Leeds you are hard pressed to find someone from Leeds, you can usually guess the ones who are.

I’m proud of where I come from and look forward to using this development upon completion.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Thursday November 20 2014 at 21:53
Dr Debate you must live in a different Barnsley to me as I don't see all these down and outs and beggar's that you see I have seen the od one but not like you are describing

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Thursday November 20 2014 at 22:28
@Sid Ive been reading but don't post now because of Mr C he his vile and totally rude and crude. Come on WAB Sid has a good point.

Proper sign in membership needed WAB. Before people loose confidence in your site including advertising revenue

Reply Posted by Sid on Thursday November 20 2014 at 23:02
He is ruining the site and we used to have some great debates on WAB. sadly a lot of posters have quit due to the vile specimen.

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Thursday November 20 2014 at 23:30
Well done to the people behind this project at the Alhambra centre. I shall no doubt become a customer. Having said that, I would have preferred for the cinema and food outlets to have been developed on an out of town site.

Reply Posted by Nicola WAB on Friday November 21 2014 at 08:24
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Reply Posted by Mrs h on Saturday November 22 2014 at 20:25
Fantastic news about the cinema and restaurants being built in the alphabet and it's about time we had a cinema that is modern and comfortable. In response to landlords comment how dare you rant on about putting your rent up and saying you are a saint!!! If you were you would keep the rent at the price you grab from your Tennant now. Your Tennant should find a more decent landlord than you and your avarice is disgraceful

Reply Posted by aseh on Saturday November 22 2014 at 20:34
Meadowhall knackered it for us. Those saying where are the good shops in Barnsley? We had them. Your parents/yourselves didn't use them, you went to meadowhall instead and we lost them. Stop whinging. We need this investment, we need the footfall that this will bring, which will attract interest from the good shops and maybe, because we're building it and upgrading the market, they might come.

Reply Posted by bundy on Sunday November 23 2014 at 06:47
white elephant barnsley shud av dun this years ago too late naw