Thursday, March 12, 2020

News: Details coming in to focus for new Rotherham cinema


A long awaited cinema in Rotherham town centre is set to be larger than originally expected, highlighting the levels of confidence that the private sector has in the key regeneration project at Forge Island.

Contracts were exchanged at the end of 2019 between urban regeneration specialist, Muse Developments, and Rotherham Council that has enabled the private sector partner to work on concluding legal agreements with key anchor operators.

The two parties exchanged contracts on an agreement to deliver the scheme which includes a cinema, food and drink outlets, a hotel, and a car park, with the new leisure facilities set within an attractive public space and a new pedestrian bridge connecting to the wider town centre.

Paul Woodcock, strategic director of regeneration and environment at Rotherham Council, updated councillors recently on the town centre masterplan. He said: "Forge Island is a very significant project. It is fair to say that it is split into two main phases - phase one is the cinema, hotel and related food and drink units, and phase two is the potential for residential.

"In terms of the cinema, the masterplan said five screens and I'm pleased to tell you that Muse are in advanced legals with a cinema operator for eight screens, and they've given me permission to announce that.


"The masterplan said a 60 bed hotel, again we are at advanced legals for a 69 bed hotel.

"The next steps will be to finalise those legal agreements between the developer and those operators and then to submit a planning application. I can tell you that those negotiations and agreements are at a very advanced stage."

It is 30 years since Rotherham had a cinema. Cannon, the last town centre cinema, closed in 1990.

Other progress includes a design team being appointed and a planning application is being prepared for submission in the next quarter.

In October 2019 the multi-million-pound phase one flood works commenced on site, including flood defence and enabling work, which includes retaining walls, terrace seating and high-quality public spaces. However, major disruption caused to the scheme delivery during the November 2019 floods has lead to a need to delay the scheme whilst the canal wall is repaired.

Forge Island website

Images: RMBC / Muse


Mr me March 12, 2020 at 3:20 PM  

Well better, but 8 screens is still small, the new glassworks in Barnsley as a planned 13 screen, for a town with a smaller population, as usual Rotherham gets less than everywhere else!

Unknown March 12, 2020 at 9:05 PM  

Wow!!!! 5 less it's a disaster 😱😱😱😱😱

Anonymous,  March 13, 2020 at 6:59 AM  

Probably cos Rotherham folk can more easily get to cinemas in Meadowhall, centretainment and Sheffield city centre than folks from Barnsley?

Anonymous,  March 13, 2020 at 10:43 AM  

This is Rotherham ,
Don’t be surprised if we end up with a twin screen & burger van!

Mr me March 13, 2020 at 6:13 PM  

Point I'm making, is Rotherham always gets less than everywhere else, and point of Rotherham being closer to Sheffield is cobblers, Barnsley is close to Wakefield and Leeds, yet gets more,no I'm afraid to say Rotherham will always be South Yorkshires poor relation!

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