Odeon bosses re­fute clo­sure

Fears prompted over miss­ing ad­verts

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CIN­EMA chain has re­as­sured vil­lagers that it has no plans to close, de­spite con­cerns that peo­ple are un­aware of what is be­ing screened there.

Film fan Amy Allen, of West Common Close, Ger­rards Cross, who uses the Odeon, in Ethorpe Cres­cent, is con­cerned that ad­ver­tis­ing space out­side the cin­ema which had been used to pro­mote the films which were be­ing screened is no longer in use.

She is wor­ried that this will mean that fewer peo­ple will visit the cin­ema, be­cause it is harder for them to find out what is be­ing shown, and that they will in­stead visit larger mul­ti­plexes in places such as High Wy­combe and Uxbridge.

Mrs Allen said: “Up un­til re­cently you could walk past or drive past the cin­ema, and up above it would say which films were be­ing shown.

“It was very use­ful be­cause you would be able to know straight away what was on, but now you have to walk around the side of the cin­ema and the films are writ­ten in much smaller writ­ing on a poster there.

“Lots of peo­ple have com­mented on it and said that they don’t know what’s on at the cin­ema any more.

“I’d be very con­cerned if peo­ple stopped us­ing it, be­cause we need our lo­cal cin­ema.

“It’s very popular with el­derly peo­ple who don’t want to have to travel out of Ger­rards Cross to go to the cin­ema.

“It’s a very im­por­tant place for a lot peo­ple so I would hate to think that peo­ple aren’t us­ing it any more, but I think peo­ple would find it re­ally help­ful if they could know what films are com­ing up.”

The Odeon cin­ema has two screens and shows a mix­ture of the lat­est block­buster movies as well as less well-known films.

A spokesman for the chain said that there are no plans in place to close the Ger­rards Cross cin­ema.

A state­ment from the company said: “We have no plans to close our Odeon cin­ema in Ger­rards Cross, which is lo­cated near the town cen­tre.

“We very much en­joy be­ing an in­te­gral part of the com­mu­nity and will con­tinue to fo­cus on of­fer­ing lo­cal film fans the best films, al­ter­na­tive con­tent and in­spir­ing cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ences.”

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