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New cinema set to open in November

 

By Joanna Lewis, joanna@cfp.ky

Wednesday 25th April, 2007   Posted: 15:09 CIT   (20:09 GMT)

Cinemagoers who want more choice now have something to look forward to.

A state–of–the–art six–screen, 900–seat cinema is set to open its doors 2 November at Camana Bay.

Located at the entrance to Jasmine Court – the first area of Camana Bay to be completed – the cinema will be able to screen six movies at any one time.

“The cinema will have two big benefits,” said Susanna Blackburn, communications manager at Dart Realty, developers of Camana Bay. “Staggered show times and a longer running period for movies. All in all it will mean more choice for the customer.

“Another benefit will be that the latest motion pictures will be released on the same dates as in the US,” she said.

The six auditoriums will range in size from 100 to 200 seats. Each will feature giant wall–to–wall screens and Dolby Digital surround sound ensuring the best in acoustics.

Movies will be screened without an intermission.

Ms Blackburn was unable to confirm the cost of the complex, which will cover some 21,000 square feet.

When asked the number of local jobs the new cinema will create, Ms Blackburn was unable to comment on exact numbers, however confirmed that they will recruit locally.

“In addition to some full–time jobs, there will also be a lot of part–time jobs, which will suit students,” she said.

The cinema complex will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act, meaning dedicated seating and washroom facilities for wheelchair users.

Although a ticket pricing structure hasn’t been confirmed yet, cinemagoers will have the added convenience of being able to purchase tickets online.

Ample car parking facilities will be available, with a 200–space surface car park adjoining the complex and a nearby surface car park for 450 cars.

The cinema will be operated by US–based Hollywood Theatres, which specialise in mid–size, high–quality cinemas, many offshore, although it will be the first time the company has branched into the Caribbean market.

As well as the cinema complex, Jasmine Court will feature a town centre with shops, a restaurant and coffee shop, and office space.

The new cinema will be less than a mile from the only cinema currently operating in Cayman, the Marquee Cinema.

Douglas Graham, director of CJ Cinemas, operators of the Marquee Cinema, said he was concerned about the new theatre.

“George Town will be over seated. There will be too many theatre seats for the population,” he said.

Commenting on the threat to the Marquee Cinema’s business, Mr. Graham said: “I am not sure. We shall have to wait and see. It does concern me. Something will have to suffer, but I am not volunteering to be the sufferer.”

He added: “We have a first–class cinema. It is just two years old. We have the best cinema sound possible, first–class seats, facilities, service and management.”

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