Work stops on Vue cinema site in Corby

The demolition of Crown House in November
The demolition of Crown House in November

Demolition work on the site of the proposed multi-million pound Vue cinema in Corby has stopped.

For months workers have been at the site in Elizabeth Street where Crown House has been demolished and work to knock down the multi-storey car park was due to start in September.

Tens of thousands of pounds have already been spent on preparing the area for the eight-screen cinema, but the project stalled last month when a planning application was deferred.

The move followed concerns raised by Mulberry Developments over the impact the Vue cinema would have on its six-screen complex now being built in George Street.

Helical Bar, owners of Corby town centre, which is behind the Vue scheme, have refused to comment on the setback.

Meanwhile, work is progressing on the Savoy and a design meeting is due to take place in the coming weeks.

James Collington, who is managing director of the company which opened its latest cinema in Worksop in 2012, said: “We are aiming for a completion date in the first quarter of next year.

“We expect the shell of the building to be completed around September or October and work on the fit out will overlap with that and begin in the summer once the roof is on.

“The fit out should take about six months to finish and the stage after that will be the installation of the equipment.”

The cinema, which will employ about 25 people, will have six screens and around 900 seats.

It will be fitted with the latest 3-D, sound and projection systems.

Mr Collington said: “It will be a state-of-the-art cinema and a great asset to the people of Corby who, at present, don’t have any cinema provision.”

When the Vue proposals were deferred by Corby Council, it recommended changes to the Helical Bar scheme.

A spokesman for the council said: “We have not heard anything further on the recommendations.”

A Facebook campaign launched in support of the Vue scheme now has 1,327 likes. In addition, dozens of letters of support for the project have been received by Corby Council.

Legal advice to the council said that if, instead of two cinemas it was two supermarkets being considered, it would be natural for each company to address the effect of the other on viability.

Deferment was recommended for that reason.