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Cinema plans delayed

Tuesday January 17 2017

An artists impression of the new cinema An artists impression of the new cinema

A NEW cinema will still be built in the Alhambra - but the plans have been delayed by a year. 

Empire Cinemas confirmed last May that it would be opening the multiplex cinema in late 2017, developed in partnership with the Alhambra owners BMO Real Estate Partners.

Construction of the ten screen multiplex - able to seat up to 1,244 cinema-goers - was hoped to have started last year but BMO have confirmed work is now due to begin in the summer.

The developers said detailed plans have been finalised for the cinema, along with five new restaurants, and it is due to open by summer 2018, a year behind the original schedule.

Meanwhile, WAB understands plans for the council’s new cinema are still in place, with more details expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Reply Posted by Anon Barnsley on Tuesday January 17 2017 at 22:34
I think what Barnsley council are doing is an utter disgrace. How dare they bring Empire into Barnsley and expect them to make a profit when other 10 screen Empire multiplex are taking very little money as very few people are attending. Do they seriously expect the people of Barnsley to pay over the odds for cinema tickets when they can see exactly the same films for half the price at the Parkway cinema in Barnsley.
As for building a new library......what a complete waste of money when there already is one that the people of Barnsley are now used to. Who the hell comes up with these ideas because I can bet they don't live in Barnsley.
If Barnsley council have got a ridiculous amount of money to spend then for goodness sake, sort all the pot holes out on the roads, use it to clean up the streets, put better CCTV in places where there is none. There are a lot of other uses for that money. Let independent traders have a place to go instead of "assuming" big retailers are going to suddenly appear, which in my opinion won't happen.

Reply Posted by aol on Wednesday January 18 2017 at 09:12
What are you on about?

What's BMBC got to do with Empire Cinema or the Alhambra?

Reply Posted by Jean Poole on Wednesday January 18 2017 at 10:04
This is what happens when people vote Labour. Barnsley Council hates successful businesses, that's why they try to drive them out of town. If I were the Empire cinema managers I'd pull out of both building a cinema and a library and go somewhere else where they're more welcome!

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday January 18 2017 at 19:25
If not Labour then who Jean ? Who is going to sort everything out and "make Barnsley great again" ?

Reply Posted by John on Thursday January 19 2017 at 12:30
Why would a cinema operator be building a library???

Reply Posted by Bony Tony on Thursday January 19 2017 at 12:37
This is what I can't work out. Why did Barnsley council ask a cinema chain to build them a library? Typical confused Labour party policies.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Wednesday January 18 2017 at 16:43
I can't see it been a huge success anyway, the pictures that's been in Barnsley for donkeys years hasn't been getting much custom

Reply Posted by Bony Tony on Thursday January 19 2017 at 12:40
The cinema might not have been but the library certainly has. Why don't they combine the two so you can watch a film while you renew your library books?

Reply Posted by LP on Thursday January 19 2017 at 13:03
As a Barnsley resident, who likes to go for a film now and again.

I have only ever been to Parkway once, I’m sure it does a good job but I prefer the modern multiplex, modern facilities etc. I wonder if Empire will do a pay monthly card like Cineworld will do.

Good location it seems this one too.

Reply Posted by CB on Thursday January 19 2017 at 16:25
The only way Barnsley is going to thrive again is if it's pushed into this century finally! I am a manager of a shop in Barnsley town centre and I've worked in the centre for 7 years. Footfall into the centre is dropping and that's because people want to go to Wakefield/Leeds/Sheffield where there are many more restaurants and high street shops and the surroundings are modern and clean looking. There is still place for local businesses as well. We need to push out the rubbish tat shops. One is more then enough! Hope that some better high street chains jump on board and watch Barnsley and the local businesses thrive again! Unless you've got an advert on tv or advertise your business well then the only way people will find you is if they happen to walk past. More people into Barnsley = more potential customers. Even if you sell clothes and there's 5 new clothes stores. That's what you find in thriving towns and cities. That's what it should be like! Accept the £1 shops... we don't need 5 of those!

Reply Posted by Mr D on Friday January 20 2017 at 12:31
I agree, I rarely go into town.

Just one or 2 shops I would go in with those been Boardwalk or Boots.

We need a department store which sells numerous branded items, a good menswear chain, proper sport shops, somewhere to be a CD or DVD (just somewhere as there is nowhere), an area where there are a group of good chained restaurants.

There are a lot of good places to eat in town, but we need the shops to bring people in. There isn’t even a Starbucks. Now Walkabout is gone there isn’t even a place to go in and chill out to watch sport in an afternoon. Chennells is ok but its small and pokey. Need a proper ales pub in too like the Head of Steam.

There is some quality land unused over the road from the train station too, that might have been better for a multiplex cinema and build a few restaurants near too.

Reply Posted by pl on Friday January 20 2017 at 12:49
Like The No.7, Arcade Alehouse or The Silkstone?

Reply Posted by Mr D on Friday January 20 2017 at 13:06
Was thinking more of Brewdog, or Head of Steam or something like that..

The Silkstone is a Spoons. The Arcade Alehouse is good for what it is, but its small.

A Slug and Lettuce would be good too. The old Walkabout building would have been quality but this is to be a shop and apartments now.

Reply Posted by @CB on Saturday January 21 2017 at 13:55

I don't think anything will stop people who can easily go to Wakefield/Sheffield/Leeds/ Meadowhall to shop. Rail links are good to all of these places. If you have money to spend, but limited time, why would you not prefer to go somewhere accessible where there is more choice and it's a more pleasurable experience.
People with money to spend but are limited for time shop online anyway.
A small town like Barnsley needs to cater for people who have time on their hands and not too much money to spend. A lot of elderly and retired people perhaps.
They need and want a good market ( especially as that's what they are used to in Barnsley, so yes we need to join the 21st century but a small town market is important). And Charity Shops and Pound shops too!
Apart from elderly people, who else is shopping in Barnsley during the day? non working people? What sort of shops do they want?
Longer opening hours might help.
Shops that might appeal more to the students that attend the colleges?

Reply Posted by Mr D on Monday January 23 2017 at 12:09
Wakefield is a smaller place than Barnsley, and 10 years ago the centre was one of the worst around until they received finances to rebuild.

Trinity Walk was a good for Wakefield. But to be honest I know no one who goes there. And Train Links are awful as trains head to Kirkgate which is nowhere near the centre.

I’m sure the town planners are aware of what is needed. We should just wait and see what comes of it.

But the loss of Walkabout is a loss, and all due to a farce from Walkabout and the building owner. As the company who bought Walkabout, thought they had the building for a Slug and Lettuce by the sounds. But the purchase was too late as the building was already sold.

Reply Posted by mE on Friday January 20 2017 at 11:53
I recall Steve Houghton claiming that once he has built this 'new Barnsley' he would hope that businesses would come and make Barnsley great again. What an utter tool, shouldn't he have got all that rolling BEFORE building his waste of time empire? He needs to take a leaf out of Cortonwoods books - they approached businesses FIRST, go contracts in place and THEN started to build. Tut tut, what a fool Mr Houghton is. Barnsley will never change, it will stay exactly like it is - full of pubs, dive cafe's, cheap shops and charity shops. Only now he will be able to 'house' more of them. Roll on Cortonwood.

Reply Posted by ex resident on Friday January 20 2017 at 13:53
To mE

Barnsley centre was ALWAYS full of pubs ( Royal, Queens, Bodega, Chennels, No 7, Corner Pin, Wheatsheaf, The George , The Fitz etc etc) and dive caffs. What are the grand shops that people pretend they are missing. Burtons at Burtons Corner ?? ( even grown men don't wear smart clothes anymore.). Fieldsends where the walkabout used to be - a little department store that sold goods that supported a lifestyle we don't have any more - fabrics, wool, drapery etc Shops like Redmonds and Guests that sold fresh ham,cheese, coffee and loose tea? People don't eat like that anymore, they shop in supermarkets. Goodworths bakeries? Again, people get cheaper from supermarkets in packs that last 2 weeks. For women's clothes...Pollyanna, Chelsea Girl...where else. Shoe shops like Clarks where you could get your kids' feet measured? People get more or less disposable shoes these days.
The Coop stores were the best thing about Barnsley in my opinion.
What Barnsley needs is more jobs and more people able/willing/prepared to get out there earning and spending again.

Reply Posted by John P on Friday January 20 2017 at 13:15
Instead of ,What,How,Why perhaps councillors and officers should move with the times and implement ,Why,How ,What ,for the town centre.

Reply Posted by ? on Saturday January 21 2017 at 11:02
Sorry, I don't understand what you are trying to say.

Reply Posted by Victoria on Saturday January 21 2017 at 16:13
Well there's a shocker! Or not. My view is that the council will make it difficult for them and thus causing delays and the that they were going to build (which as far as I am aware still has not confirmation), won't be because of lack of funds, so yet again Barnsley is left with nothing. Welcome to the regeneration of Barnsley!

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