Work on Corby’s new six-screen cinema is progressing well and on schedule for its official premiere in June.
The Telegraph was invited to take a look inside the town’s new Savoy cinema being built by Mulberry Developments next to the Cube.
Once completed, it will be capable of seating more than 900 people across six screens and will be fully digital and kitted out with the latest audio-visual technology.
With the main structure in place, construction staff are now busy working on the screens, foyer and three restaurant units.
These are in preparation for Prezzo, Nandos and Spur, a South African chain which offers burgers, ribs and wings, to move in and get ready for their first customers.
Site manager Rob Gibson said: “We have come a long way in three weeks, and more and more traders will be coming in, starting in the coming weeks.
“Everything has gone fairly well so far.”
The design of the new cinema was decided after six ideas went on show at the Cube and people had their say on their favourite.
Corby Council leader Tom Beattie was one of those invited to take a look inside the cinema.
He said: “In a few months, this will all be fitted out and ready to go.
We have come a long way in three weeks, and more and more traders will be coming in, starting in the coming weeks.Rob Gibson
“I have watched it develop from the day they started building it and I have been able to watch it from my office.
“I think it looks fantastic, it’s an exciting development for Corby.”
Initial works have also started on the cinema’s car park, which will have about 270 spaces.
Work on the new state-of-the-art multiplex began on the former Tresham College site, off George Street, in April.
The coming weeks will see various tradesmen coming in to complete different sections of the development, each one bringing it closer to its completion date on June 7.
Shop-fitters are due to start work in the Prezzo unit in the next two weeks, with the three restaurants likely to open shortly before the cinema opens its doors.
Second cinema on its way?
Planning permission for a second cinema in Corby was given in January.
Vue secured approval to build an eight-screen venue between Elizabeth Street and Westcott Way in the town.
The Vue plan also includes restaurants and retail units, a gym and an MOT centre.
The site is less than half a mile from the six-screen cinema being built by the independent chain Savoy.
Before January’s council meeting, there were concerns that Corby would not be able to support two separate cinemas.
But an independent report was presented to the planning committee which said the town could accommodate both.
The report said the two schemes would provide a range of units that would cater for a wider range of operators.