Cin­ema open­ing date put back to new year

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY RE­BEKAH MCVEY

The open­ing date of Peter­head’s new five­screen cin­ema has been pushed back un­til early next year.

Op­er­a­tors Arc Cin­ema had pre­vi­ously in­di­cated they hoped to open the venue, on the site of the for­mer Gala bingo hall, be­fore Christ­mas.

But due to “un­fore­seen de­lays” with the build­ing works, it will now not wel­come its first view­ers un­til early 2020.

Brian Gil­li­gan, from Arc Cin­ema said: “Since we an­nounced the open­ing we have been de­lighted with the pos­i­tive and warm re­sponse we have had.

“Clear­lythe town­is­look­ing for­ward­toits newcin­ema”

“Clearly Peter­head is look­ing for­ward to get­ting its new cin­ema and this makes it par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult to have to ex­plain that due to un­fore­seen de­lays with the build­ing pro­gramme we will now not be able to open un­til early in 2020.”

With the new cin­ema, the vol­un­teer-run Peter­head Cin­ema at the leisure cen­tre will cease op­er­at­ing.

Its last film will be shown on De­cem­ber 21.

The de­vel­op­ment of the cin­ema has been helped by Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil with a £200,000 in­jec­tion from their prop­erty in­vest­ment fund.

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