Odeon bosses refute closure
Fears prompted over missing adverts
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.”