ODEON Cinemas is big name operator for Barons Quay multiplex

An artist's impression of the new cinema at Barons Quay, which is due to open in winter 2016.

An artist's impression of the new cinema at Barons Quay, which is due to open in winter 2016.

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A CINEMA giant has been announced as the second anchor tenant of Northwich’s regeneration.

ODEON Cinemas has been revealed as the operator of the digital five-screen multiplex which is a jewel in the crown of the multi-million pound Barons Quay scheme.

The UK’s largest cinema chain joins ASDA in the line-up for the redevelopment scheme, which will also see new shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, parks and a hotel being built between the River Weaver and Witton Street.

Clr Herbert Manley, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) executive member for growth and innovation, said: “I am delighted to confirm that we have finalised legal agreements with ODEON and are looking forward to welcoming them to Northwich in winter 2016/17.

“Today’s news – which comes hot on the heels of the Asda announcement – means that Barons Quay will boast two market-leading anchor tenants.

“The commitment of ODEON and ASDA to this exciting scheme will form a strong basis for ensuring a wide range of top quality retail and leisure offer is put in place.”

CWAC has also revealed that there will be seven restaurants in the £80million Barons Quay development with Tushingham Moore and Lambert Smith Hampton appointed to secure the next phase of occupiers.

The Barons Quay scheme, which includes 130,000 sq ft of retail space, is expected to create 1,600 jobs.

David Watson, Chairman of the Weaver Valley Partnership, said: “Not only will the ODEON cinema bring a new leisure dimension for local residents, it will also create jobs – especially for young people – as well as enhancing the tourism offer of the town.”

Northwich councillor Amy Mercer-Bailey said: “At last – the news that the people of Northwich have been waiting for.

“I am thrilled that Odeon is coming to Barons Quay.

“No longer will residents be forced to travel to Crewe or Ellesmere Port to see the latest blockbuster.

“Soon they will have a state-of-the-art cinema right on their doorstep.

“After spending too long in decline, Northwich is finally turning its fortunes around.

“Regeneration is happening and it is creating a town we can all be proud of.”

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8:16am Wed 12 Feb 14

MrT1976 says...

I for one welcome this announcement. IMO the future is looking great for Northwich at last! Having a proper cinema in the town instead of having to travel to Cheshire Oaks/Chester/Warring
ton/Runcorn etc is brilliant.

Roll on 2016/17
I for one welcome this announcement. IMO the future is looking great for Northwich at last! Having a proper cinema in the town instead of having to travel to Cheshire Oaks/Chester/Warring ton/Runcorn etc is brilliant. Roll on 2016/17 MrT1976
  • Score: 34

4:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

madretailer says...

The cinema is a brilliant addition, and is much needed in Northwich I think. I do, however, question the need for another supermarket. Tesco, Sainsbury's, Co-Op and now ASDA - many larger towns don't have this many and I hope it doesn't detract from the wonderful improvements being made in the town.
The cinema is a brilliant addition, and is much needed in Northwich I think. I do, however, question the need for another supermarket. Tesco, Sainsbury's, Co-Op and now ASDA - many larger towns don't have this many and I hope it doesn't detract from the wonderful improvements being made in the town. madretailer
  • Score: 2

7:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

onered says...

Where are we up to with the plans to re-open the good Old Plaza?
Where are we up to with the plans to re-open the good Old Plaza? onered
  • Score: -6

9:24pm Wed 12 Feb 14

nicksey says...

madretailer I agree, We now have Tesco, Sainsburys, Aldi, Lidl, Co-Op, Waitrose and next Asda, Short sighted planning approvals from a shortsighted council whose councillors do not value northwich
madretailer I agree, We now have Tesco, Sainsburys, Aldi, Lidl, Co-Op, Waitrose and next Asda, Short sighted planning approvals from a shortsighted council whose councillors do not value northwich nicksey
  • Score: -8

9:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

madretailer says...

In my haste to post the comment, I'd forgotten to mention Waitrose, Lidl and Aldi, so well brought up nicksey. Plus of course the M&S food hall. There is no doubt the regeneration of Northwich is welcome and long overdue, but let's have less supermarkets and more independents and high street shops.
In my haste to post the comment, I'd forgotten to mention Waitrose, Lidl and Aldi, so well brought up nicksey. Plus of course the M&S food hall. There is no doubt the regeneration of Northwich is welcome and long overdue, but let's have less supermarkets and more independents and high street shops. madretailer
  • Score: -6

8:32am Thu 13 Feb 14

MrT1976 says...

Ok so we've gone back to the same old arguments on this thread again so I stick me two penneth in.

I welcome ASDA and Waitrose to the town as the two combined plus the cinema will create lots of new jobs, which do we not all agree is a good thing?. Then there is the inevitable price war, which means better deals, cheaper prices....is that not a good thing too?

I have open arms in what ASDA and Odeon and Waitrose will bring to my town and at last my town is becoming a town to be proud of again.
Ok so we've gone back to the same old arguments on this thread again so I stick me two penneth in. I welcome ASDA and Waitrose to the town as the two combined plus the cinema will create lots of new jobs, which do we not all agree is a good thing?. Then there is the inevitable price war, which means better deals, cheaper prices....is that not a good thing too? I have open arms in what ASDA and Odeon and Waitrose will bring to my town and at last my town is becoming a town to be proud of again. MrT1976
  • Score: 23

4:38pm Thu 13 Feb 14

El Danno says...

As someone who has just turned 20, me and my friends find it very difficult to find things to do in the area. This cinema is fantastic news, as it saves travelling from Runcorn/Warrington/C
heshire Oaks instead. This has been difficult for me and my friends, who we had to wait to ask parents for lifts before we could drive and, even then, there is still little to drive to.

Northwich does not need another supermarket. There is already a good sized Co-op and Waitrose, but Tesco and Sainsburys are too small the majority of time for a big shop. a mid-sized ASDA will not improve things. Tesco needs to be replaced by a larger Tesco, on stilts with a car park underneath, like in Crewe and Altrincham, and the space for ASDA could be used for something else.

Just my opinion though...
As someone who has just turned 20, me and my friends find it very difficult to find things to do in the area. This cinema is fantastic news, as it saves travelling from Runcorn/Warrington/C heshire Oaks instead. This has been difficult for me and my friends, who we had to wait to ask parents for lifts before we could drive and, even then, there is still little to drive to. Northwich does not need another supermarket. There is already a good sized Co-op and Waitrose, but Tesco and Sainsburys are too small the majority of time for a big shop. a mid-sized ASDA will not improve things. Tesco needs to be replaced by a larger Tesco, on stilts with a car park underneath, like in Crewe and Altrincham, and the space for ASDA could be used for something else. Just my opinion though... El Danno
  • Score: 4

5:57pm Thu 13 Feb 14

NorthwichDeviant says...

All we need now is a Theme Park, come on what are you waiting for???
All we need now is a Theme Park, come on what are you waiting for??? NorthwichDeviant
  • Score: -8

12:41am Fri 14 Feb 14

Colin 1953 says...

This is great news - I imagine that the Town Council are scratching their heads for something to moan about.
This is great news - I imagine that the Town Council are scratching their heads for something to moan about. Colin 1953
  • Score: 8

11:32am Fri 14 Feb 14

Northwich Resident says...

An Odean cinema will be a great addition to the town, although I guess it will be the nail in the coffin of the plans to reopen the Plaza (no updates on progress of the project on the Weaver Valley website for over a year now).

Although there are a lot of supermarkets in town, they all seem to be fairly busy, and that's before the hundreds of new houses in Winnington/Hartford/
Wincham etc. have been built.
An Odean cinema will be a great addition to the town, although I guess it will be the nail in the coffin of the plans to reopen the Plaza (no updates on progress of the project on the Weaver Valley website for over a year now). Although there are a lot of supermarkets in town, they all seem to be fairly busy, and that's before the hundreds of new houses in Winnington/Hartford/ Wincham etc. have been built. Northwich Resident
  • Score: 4

11:55am Fri 14 Feb 14

MatthewB says...

Personally I think they should just reopen the Plaza as a cinema.
These complex's with cinema and resturants/bars attract anti social behavour by groups of youths who do not spend any money.

Sorry to be a kill joy here but this is what will happen as did on the Kngsmead estate.

Better to have the Plaza as a cinema and have bars and resturants on the river.
Personally I think they should just reopen the Plaza as a cinema. These complex's with cinema and resturants/bars attract anti social behavour by groups of youths who do not spend any money. Sorry to be a kill joy here but this is what will happen as did on the Kngsmead estate. Better to have the Plaza as a cinema and have bars and resturants on the river. MatthewB
  • Score: -6

3:48pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Jack Hay says...

The Plaza project is a volunteer effort, dependent on volunteers and donations to make progress, so if it seems slow, don't complain, help them! It is a different kind of venture from the Odeon cinema. The Odeon will be a multiscreen which will get the latest releases. The Plaza will be a single-screen cinema (like it was originally) and will show more specialist films, perhaps more unusual ones. Odeon will focus on the money-spinners. There is room for both and I hope the Plaza project succeeds.
The Plaza project is a volunteer effort, dependent on volunteers and donations to make progress, so if it seems slow, don't complain, help them! It is a different kind of venture from the Odeon cinema. The Odeon will be a multiscreen which will get the latest releases. The Plaza will be a single-screen cinema (like it was originally) and will show more specialist films, perhaps more unusual ones. Odeon will focus on the money-spinners. There is room for both and I hope the Plaza project succeeds. Jack Hay
  • Score: 12

6:06pm Fri 14 Feb 14

lbudden says...

I lived in Barnton for several years before coming back south. Next week I'm bringing my granddaughter up for the week and she's amazed that the old cinema was not replaced more quickly. I have come up roughly once or twice a year and have been really concerned about the state of the town in recent years. I hope this is the turnaround it needs. So as long as the Thames doesn't turn the M40/M42 into a runoff area see you next week!
I lived in Barnton for several years before coming back south. Next week I'm bringing my granddaughter up for the week and she's amazed that the old cinema was not replaced more quickly. I have come up roughly once or twice a year and have been really concerned about the state of the town in recent years. I hope this is the turnaround it needs. So as long as the Thames doesn't turn the M40/M42 into a runoff area see you next week! lbudden
  • Score: -1

6:51pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Daniel18 says...

MrT1976 wrote:
Ok so we've gone back to the same old arguments on this thread again so I stick me two penneth in.

I welcome ASDA and Waitrose to the town as the two combined plus the cinema will create lots of new jobs, which do we not all agree is a good thing?. Then there is the inevitable price war, which means better deals, cheaper prices....is that not a good thing too?

I have open arms in what ASDA and Odeon and Waitrose will bring to my town and at last my town is becoming a town to be proud of again.
I agree with you 100%.
ASDA , Odeon and Waitrose along with all the other planned shops and restaurants will bring jobs to the town.

The difference is that ASDA will be in the Town Centre, and not on the outskirts like most of the others, which means it is more likely to bring people into the town. This means that people will be more likely to visit other shops when they come to do their weekly shop.

The new Cinema will help build a night time economy in the town centre, something which is currently lacking. Once the Cinema opens people will be likely to go into town at night to watch a film and have a nice meal - just like they do at Cheshire Oaks, Crewe & Atrincham.

I am sick and tired or reading comments by nicksey, L Bryne & madretailer, who do nothing but moan about everything.

For the first time in years money is actually being spent on our town, we need to embrace all of the development and be proud of OUR TOWN!
[quote][p][bold]MrT1976[/bold] wrote: Ok so we've gone back to the same old arguments on this thread again so I stick me two penneth in. I welcome ASDA and Waitrose to the town as the two combined plus the cinema will create lots of new jobs, which do we not all agree is a good thing?. Then there is the inevitable price war, which means better deals, cheaper prices....is that not a good thing too? I have open arms in what ASDA and Odeon and Waitrose will bring to my town and at last my town is becoming a town to be proud of again.[/p][/quote]I agree with you 100%. ASDA , Odeon and Waitrose along with all the other planned shops and restaurants will bring jobs to the town. The difference is that ASDA will be in the Town Centre, and not on the outskirts like most of the others, which means it is more likely to bring people into the town. This means that people will be more likely to visit other shops when they come to do their weekly shop. The new Cinema will help build a night time economy in the town centre, something which is currently lacking. Once the Cinema opens people will be likely to go into town at night to watch a film and have a nice meal - just like they do at Cheshire Oaks, Crewe & Atrincham. I am sick and tired or reading comments by nicksey, L Bryne & madretailer, who do nothing but moan about everything. For the first time in years money is actually being spent on our town, we need to embrace all of the development and be proud of OUR TOWN! Daniel18
  • Score: 14

7:02pm Fri 14 Feb 14

MatthewB says...

Jack Hay wrote:
The Plaza project is a volunteer effort, dependent on volunteers and donations to make progress, so if it seems slow, don't complain, help them! It is a different kind of venture from the Odeon cinema. The Odeon will be a multiscreen which will get the latest releases. The Plaza will be a single-screen cinema (like it was originally) and will show more specialist films, perhaps more unusual ones. Odeon will focus on the money-spinners. There is room for both and I hope the Plaza project succeeds.
Jack,

If I knew where to donate money I would.
But no one knows anything about this project so how can we support it??
[quote][p][bold]Jack Hay[/bold] wrote: The Plaza project is a volunteer effort, dependent on volunteers and donations to make progress, so if it seems slow, don't complain, help them! It is a different kind of venture from the Odeon cinema. The Odeon will be a multiscreen which will get the latest releases. The Plaza will be a single-screen cinema (like it was originally) and will show more specialist films, perhaps more unusual ones. Odeon will focus on the money-spinners. There is room for both and I hope the Plaza project succeeds.[/p][/quote]Jack, If I knew where to donate money I would. But no one knows anything about this project so how can we support it?? MatthewB
  • Score: 0

7:26pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Daniel18 says...

MatthewB email: northwichcinematrust
@live.co.uk

30 seconds on google!
MatthewB email: northwichcinematrust @live.co.uk 30 seconds on google! Daniel18
  • Score: 2

9:40pm Fri 14 Feb 14

MatthewB says...

Daniel18 wrote:
MatthewB email: northwichcinematrust

@live.co.uk

30 seconds on google!
Already been in touch by email....months ago.
Was given no information regards fundraising.
[quote][p][bold]Daniel18[/bold] wrote: MatthewB email: northwichcinematrust @live.co.uk 30 seconds on google![/p][/quote]Already been in touch by email....months ago. Was given no information regards fundraising. MatthewB
  • Score: -3

10:17pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Jack Hay says...

lbudden wrote:
I lived in Barnton for several years before coming back south. Next week I'm bringing my granddaughter up for the week and she's amazed that the old cinema was not replaced more quickly. I have come up roughly once or twice a year and have been really concerned about the state of the town in recent years. I hope this is the turnaround it needs. So as long as the Thames doesn't turn the M40/M42 into a runoff area see you next week!
Be sure to have a look at the good job done around the marina and Waitrose site when you come. Stand on the steps outside the Waitrose entrance with your back to the store and look at the scene in front of you. It is an appealing riverside setting with the marina, two bridges, and buildings with matching architecture visible on both sides of the river. It looks pretty good. If Barons Quay and Memorial Court are done to this design standard we're going to be well served. Enjoy your return visit and try to think how good it will look when all the projects are finished!
[quote][p][bold]lbudden[/bold] wrote: I lived in Barnton for several years before coming back south. Next week I'm bringing my granddaughter up for the week and she's amazed that the old cinema was not replaced more quickly. I have come up roughly once or twice a year and have been really concerned about the state of the town in recent years. I hope this is the turnaround it needs. So as long as the Thames doesn't turn the M40/M42 into a runoff area see you next week![/p][/quote]Be sure to have a look at the good job done around the marina and Waitrose site when you come. Stand on the steps outside the Waitrose entrance with your back to the store and look at the scene in front of you. It is an appealing riverside setting with the marina, two bridges, and buildings with matching architecture visible on both sides of the river. It looks pretty good. If Barons Quay and Memorial Court are done to this design standard we're going to be well served. Enjoy your return visit and try to think how good it will look when all the projects are finished! Jack Hay
  • Score: 9

10:23pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Jack Hay says...

MatthewB wrote:
Jack Hay wrote:
The Plaza project is a volunteer effort, dependent on volunteers and donations to make progress, so if it seems slow, don't complain, help them! It is a different kind of venture from the Odeon cinema. The Odeon will be a multiscreen which will get the latest releases. The Plaza will be a single-screen cinema (like it was originally) and will show more specialist films, perhaps more unusual ones. Odeon will focus on the money-spinners. There is room for both and I hope the Plaza project succeeds.
Jack,

If I knew where to donate money I would.
But no one knows anything about this project so how can we support it??
MatthewB,
This Guardian web page http://www.northwich
guardian.co.uk/news/
10216992.print/ gives an email address for the project leader, Gillian Edwards, of northwichcinematrust
@live.co.uk so I guess that is the place to start. I am sure Gillian will appreciate any help!
[quote][p][bold]MatthewB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack Hay[/bold] wrote: The Plaza project is a volunteer effort, dependent on volunteers and donations to make progress, so if it seems slow, don't complain, help them! It is a different kind of venture from the Odeon cinema. The Odeon will be a multiscreen which will get the latest releases. The Plaza will be a single-screen cinema (like it was originally) and will show more specialist films, perhaps more unusual ones. Odeon will focus on the money-spinners. There is room for both and I hope the Plaza project succeeds.[/p][/quote]Jack, If I knew where to donate money I would. But no one knows anything about this project so how can we support it??[/p][/quote]MatthewB, This Guardian web page http://www.northwich guardian.co.uk/news/ 10216992.print/ gives an email address for the project leader, Gillian Edwards, of northwichcinematrust @live.co.uk so I guess that is the place to start. I am sure Gillian will appreciate any help! Jack Hay
  • Score: 5

10:29pm Fri 14 Feb 14

NorthwichDeviant says...

I have some "home movies" that I'd be willing to donate?
I have some "home movies" that I'd be willing to donate? NorthwichDeviant
  • Score: -4

10:38pm Fri 14 Feb 14

MatthewB says...

Jack Hay wrote:
MatthewB wrote:
Jack Hay wrote:
The Plaza project is a volunteer effort, dependent on volunteers and donations to make progress, so if it seems slow, don't complain, help them! It is a different kind of venture from the Odeon cinema. The Odeon will be a multiscreen which will get the latest releases. The Plaza will be a single-screen cinema (like it was originally) and will show more specialist films, perhaps more unusual ones. Odeon will focus on the money-spinners. There is room for both and I hope the Plaza project succeeds.
Jack,

If I knew where to donate money I would.
But no one knows anything about this project so how can we support it??
MatthewB,
This Guardian web page http://www.northwich

guardian.co.uk/news/

10216992.print/ gives an email address for the project leader, Gillian Edwards, of northwichcinematrust

@live.co.uk so I guess that is the place to start. I am sure Gillian will appreciate any help!
They should start collecting in the town centre.
I would gladly put my money into their tin rather than the 'chuggers' down there.
[quote][p][bold]Jack Hay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MatthewB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack Hay[/bold] wrote: The Plaza project is a volunteer effort, dependent on volunteers and donations to make progress, so if it seems slow, don't complain, help them! It is a different kind of venture from the Odeon cinema. The Odeon will be a multiscreen which will get the latest releases. The Plaza will be a single-screen cinema (like it was originally) and will show more specialist films, perhaps more unusual ones. Odeon will focus on the money-spinners. There is room for both and I hope the Plaza project succeeds.[/p][/quote]Jack, If I knew where to donate money I would. But no one knows anything about this project so how can we support it??[/p][/quote]MatthewB, This Guardian web page http://www.northwich guardian.co.uk/news/ 10216992.print/ gives an email address for the project leader, Gillian Edwards, of northwichcinematrust @live.co.uk so I guess that is the place to start. I am sure Gillian will appreciate any help![/p][/quote]They should start collecting in the town centre. I would gladly put my money into their tin rather than the 'chuggers' down there. MatthewB
  • Score: 1

12:02am Sat 15 Feb 14

Willybob13 says...

Very positive move forward for Northwich, in the same week people have been voting weather to fill in the underpass by the Seafarer, with the new lifestyle centre being built along with other big projects such as Asda and the completion of the new road network there will be more people coming into Northwich so more traffic is inevitable, parking will obviously be on the outskirts of town, with more people walking into town the more the traffic will have to stop if the underpasses are filled in. Every developed town and city have them because roads get busy, it is a perfectly safe way to cross, we just need to come up with a way to make them look better.
Very positive move forward for Northwich, in the same week people have been voting weather to fill in the underpass by the Seafarer, with the new lifestyle centre being built along with other big projects such as Asda and the completion of the new road network there will be more people coming into Northwich so more traffic is inevitable, parking will obviously be on the outskirts of town, with more people walking into town the more the traffic will have to stop if the underpasses are filled in. Every developed town and city have them because roads get busy, it is a perfectly safe way to cross, we just need to come up with a way to make them look better. Willybob13
  • Score: 7

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