A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Monday (April 7) to make the start of work on Corby’s new six-screen Savoy cinema on the former Tresham College site in George Street.
The cinema, expected to open in February 2015, will have seating for 900 people.
James Collington, managing director of Savoy Cinemas, said: “We intend to provide the people of Corby with the very best cinematic experience, from the picture quality right through to the seating and interior design.
“We plan to introduce some special touches unique to Savoy, including luxury double seats designed and manufactured in America, as well as the new immersive sound technology.”
Mulberry Property Developments signed a deal with Savoy, of Nottingham, to build the complex and it has appointed construction company MCS Group to build a shell to house the cinema and three restaurants.
The construction phase of the development will create nearly 100 jobs and a further 25 positions will be filled when the cinema opens.
Keir Edmonds, managing director of MCS Group, said: “We are delighted to have been selected for the construction of this iconic building. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved on a build that will undoubtedly become an anchor to Corby’s entertainment offering.”
The project is the latest phase in the transformation of the former Tresham College site which has seen Corby Council and the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency merge their land to provide a large-scale development opportunity with the potential for a hotel and new homes in the future.
Leader of the council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “We are very pleased to see that work on Corby’s new cinema will now start. This has been something that has been a priority to deliver to the people of Corby and we are excited to see the facility develop over the next nine months, adding to the leisure offer on George Street.”