Daventry’s new cinema will have luxury electric recliner seating, cutting-edge screening technology and all the latest blockbusters under the proposals unveiled by its new operator, The Arc Cinema.
Daventry District Council (DDC) has reached a deal with The Arc Cinema to run the new four-screen cinema complex in Mulberry Place, off North Street, when it opens its doors in spring 2021.
The Arc Cinema runs an established chain of cinemas in Ireland and is coming to Daventry as part of its UK expansion programme, which will see the launch of a regional chain in the East Midlands area. Other Arc cinemas are planned to open in the Nottinghamshire towns of Beeston and Hucknall.
The operator was selected for the lease by DDC due to its successful track record in providing a high-quality and friendly cinema experience that can be tailored to local communities.
The Council and its building contractors Willmott Dixon are now working with The Arc Cinema to ensure the cinema design and specification reflects the operator’s proposals to provide Daventry residents and visitors of all ages with a high-quality and personal screening experience.
Brian Gilligan, Director for Melcorpo, which runs The Arc Cinema, said: “We are delighted to be launching The Arc Cinema in Daventry.
“The town has a great feel and vibrancy and I’m confident our cinema will complement the successful regeneration of this thriving town centre.
“The Arc Cinema offers customers a premium cinema experience combining supremely comfortable electric recliner seats, cutting-edge technology like laser projection with a friendly, personal atmosphere – all for standard prices. Also, our varied screening programme means that people of all ages can enjoy spending time at The Arc Cinema.”
Daventry District Council’s Chief Executive Ian Vincent said: “It’s great news that The Arc Cinema is coming to Daventry as part of its exciting expansion plans into the UK market. We are certain that they will provide the perfect mix for our town and a state-of-the-art cinema experience that will offer something a bit different for our local communities.
“With both The Arc Cinema and our construction contractors now signed up, it’s now all systems go for delivering our Mulberry Place development by early 2021.”
Work is starting this month on preparing the foundations for the new cinema, which is being built on the former library site off North Street, along with two restaurants, a public square and splash fountains. Demolition of the former library buildings to prepare the site took place earlier this year, followed by archaeological digs in the summer.
In May Daventry Library was relocated to modern new premises in the nearby Abbey Centre, off St John’s Square.