Plans for new Corby cinema still alive

The site of the new cinema in Corby
The site of the new cinema in Corby

Corby’s new multi-screen cinema will still be built despite delays.

Builders were expected on the George Street site last month but Martin Letts, managing director of developers Mulberry, said it is now likely to be October before work starts.

The Odeon expressed interest in operating the cinema but preparations for the expected sale of the company have held up negotiations.

Mr Letts said: “The scheme has been slightly delayed as Odeon has had other commercial interests to consider.

“We expect matters to be finalised in the next couple of weeks.

“Things haven’t gone quite as we had hoped, but the cinema project in Corby will still go ahead.

“We expect to put the scheme out to tender in about three weeks, appoint contractors in August and start work on site in October.”

An Odeon spokesman said: “We have nothing to share around the Corby development at this time.”

Barry Nicol, of Corby Town Centre Tenants and Residents Association, said: “People are beginning to wonder if the cinema is going ahead and just want to know what’s happening.”

Council leader Cllr Tom Beattie was optimistic that the cinema will be built.

He said: “All partners have been working very hard on the progression of the cinema development and although we would have hoped that things would have moved faster we are very pleased to reassure residents that work will begin on site later this year.”