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Work on Riverhead Cinema to start in ‘a few weeks’

Work on the new £20 million cinema development in Grimsby Town Centre is set to start in the next few weeks.

Work on Riverhead Cinema to start in ‘a few weeks’

The nine-screen cinema and restaurant complex that will be built by Freshney Place in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council has been hailed as a major investment that could revitalise the often neglected town centre in Grimsby.

Expected to take 20 months to complete, the first stages of work will commence in the next few weeks as the development team will begin their "investigation works".

It is understood full construction of the development is expected to start in October of this year, which would mean that, if everything goes to schedule, the cinema should be open by June 2020.

Part of the £36 million Town Deal that hopes to regenerate Grimsby with new jobs and investment, the development has been hailed as finally bringing the town into the 21st Century and offering something for families and young people to do as "only alcoholics were attracted to the town centre after 6pm".

Amanda Austin, Centre Director for Freshney Place has said that the development of the cinema will be a "kick-starter" for major development throughout the whole of Grimsby, not just the town centre.

She said: "This is the catalyst for the town deal, and a kick-starter for major development not just in the Riverhead but the town centre as a whole.

"As the retail sector is moving more towards leisure, we are moving in the same direction so that we can offer more options for families and people coming into the town centre to shop and use the night time economy.

"We are surrounded by our community and there are a lot of people who literally live right here who will benefit.

"Cineworld is a brilliant operator and they also have a great membership scheme where you can buy into an unlimited card scheme, allowing you to watch as many movies as you want, as well as getting discounts at other businesses such as Starbucks and Pizza Hut who will benefit on the back of that.

"There are also plans to refurbish the Barge which we believe will fit perfectly with the new cinema, adding another dimension to our offer."

She also said that due to the later opening times of the restaurants and cinema, it will open Freshney Place up to offering far more opportunities for late night shopping in the town.

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