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Exclusive look at Gloucester Quays new 10-screen Cineworld cinema

By The Citizen  |  Posted: September 16, 2013

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FORTY builders are working around the clock to prepare for the unveiling of the cinema at the £60million Gloucester Quays' leisure complex.

New restaurants are flooding into the development ahead of the cinema opening on December 5.

Zizzi, Chimichanga and Coal Grill and Bar will open in November, joining Pizza Express, Nando's, Ed's Diner and Portivo Lounge.

Chimichanga have revealed they are taking on 20 workers and have invested £500,000 in their 130-seat restaurant.

Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "Mexican food is becoming increasingly popular. We are confident that our new restaurant will appeal to people of all ages."

Jason Pullen, managing director of Peel Outlets, said: "It is a very exciting development for the area. It will offer a completely new place for eating, drinking and entertainment.

"More big names will open soon too. It will be a key destination for residents in Gloucester and the wider area."

Building contractors Britannia are nearing completion of the 1,600 seat, 10-screen cinema.

Site manager Alex Smith said: "The cinema is key to it all. I have seen this at a project in Wales. The cinema arrives and people flood into the area."

Phil McCabe, area development director, said: "This project is quite unusual because these days buildings are made to fit a cinema but in this case we have taken a historic warehouse and made the cinema fit the building."

Gloucester City Council leader Paul James said: "Opening the new cinema will be realising the dream at last. There's already a good atmosphere down there and that is only going to get better.

"When the cinema is open people will not feel the need to go elsewhere. We will stop the leakage of people to other places."

The current cinema, at the Peel Centre, off St Ann Way, will be shut down once the new one opens. That whole site has been touted for demolition to make way for a superstore with big names being touted around to take on the site but Peel are tight-lipped about their future plans.

Empty units fronting onto Llanthony Road are also designated for catering. Plans are afoot to close the road to traffic, which would allow an outdoor seating area to be created.

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon is also set to open its doors in the former Coots cafe, next to the Gloucester Waterways Museum.

A spokesman said: "We are very keen to open a pub at The Quays and we are in advanced negotiations. There is no opening date just yet."

The existing car park outside the pub's new home is currently used as an entertainment square for the Quays' many events.

It could also be used as a fanzone for the four 2015 Rugby World Cup matches which are to be played at Kingsholm.

A giant TV screen would be installed to watch the games.

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  • Willow_Wisp  |  November 05 2013, 5:16PM

    Lol - who gave me a thumbs-down for asking if anyone knew if there were going to be D-BOX or IMAX facilities at the new cinema?? Good grief...people who don't know what they are, no doubt.... GlosLad - I think IKEA were rumoured only, nothing official and certainly no concrete news.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  November 05 2013, 12:04PM

    I thought the current cinema site would be a IKEA?

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  November 05 2013, 12:03PM

    @bdbear The one at Kings Square is not going to happen the developers said that because it was silly having two less than half a mile of each other and glad it'll look like the one at Cheltenham at least.

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  • Willow_Wisp  |  November 04 2013, 4:21PM

    IMAX? D-BOX? Any details yet? Looking forward to the opening...

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  • DavidGlos  |  November 04 2013, 12:51PM

    Free parking, good question. Is old site to become a supermarket right opposite existing Sainsbury's?

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  • Ilyokwan Black Belt Academy  |  November 04 2013, 12:35PM

    Is the new cinema going to have free parking like the old one, or will we have to pay to use the multi-story for the quays? Cinema is already stupidly expensive as it is without paying to park as well. As I live in Dursley I think I'll be sticking with Cribbs,

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  • bdbear  |  September 16 2013, 5:16PM

    A giant screen at the docks ! What about one in Kings square instead .

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  • lewisfisher92  |  September 16 2013, 4:01PM

    Nov 6th

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  • bg1980  |  September 16 2013, 2:18PM

    "When the cinema is open people will not feel the need to go elsewhere. We will stop the leakage of people to other places." I presume this will include the City Center. Mr James needs to realise that what he is allowing is the development of the quays site is killing the town. Letting faceless cold multi chain shops and restaurants in because they are the only ones that can afford the over inflated rates,

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  • honslknjklyt  |  September 16 2013, 12:17PM

    When does McDonald's open at St Oswald's Retail Park?

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