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Inside Dover’s finished Cineworld just days before it finally opens following weeks of delays at St James


Cineworld has revealed what the people of Dover can expect when its new six screen cinema flings open its doors for the first time.

Kent Live broke the news yesterday (March 6) that decades worth of work at St James was finally coming to an end, as developers Legal & General announced a phased opening was to begin, starting with Cineworld this Friday (March 9).

The 909-seat theatre at the St James Retail and Leisure Park in Dover differs from no other, offering popcorn flicks to Oscar-bait in its six screens.

Cinema goers will also have access to a full offering of pick’n’mix, drinks and Baskin Robbins ice cream.

And as these pictures show, the multiplex in the new shopping complex is finally complete after weeks of delays.

Cinema goers will also have access to a full offering of pick’n’mix, drinks and Baskin Robbins ice cream
Cinema goers will also have access to a full offering of pick’n’mix, drinks and Baskin Robbins ice cream

Originally pegged to open on February 2, problems connecting the St James site to electricity network meant the cinema’s grand opening had to be pushed back by over a month.

Now, state-of-the-art projection equipment as well as the brand’s signature red seats have been fully installed in all of its six screens, ready to welcome its first move goers.

Five of the six screens have access boxes on their second level, where wheelchair users can take a lift upstairs before being helped into specially designed seats for their comfort.

Luke Adman, Cineworld Dover general manager, inside the finished cinema
Luke Adman, Cineworld Dover general manager, inside the finished cinema

The cinema will also offer subtitles, autism friendly screenings, audio description performances and screenings with subtitles.

The biggest screen is the sixth, which seats up to 237 people.

While the others will comfortably accommodate between 100 and 200 cinema-goers at a time.

Three of these screens will be fully kitted out with all of the latest 3D software.

State-of-the-art projection equipment as well as the brand's signature red seats have been fully installed in all of its six screens, ready to welcome its first move goers
State-of-the-art projection equipment as well as the brand’s signature red seats have been fully installed in all of its six screens, ready to welcome its first move goers

As well as offering concessions for seniors and students, the cinema will also be selling unlimited passes
As well as offering concessions for seniors and students, the cinema will also be selling unlimited passes

For its first few weeks, the cinema has an exciting line-up of films coming up, including thriller Ready Player One, action-packed blockbuster Tomb Raider and family-friendly fantasy Peter Rabbit.

Luke Adman, Cineworld Dover general manager, said: “We are delighted to confirm that Cineworld Dover will open to the public on Friday, March 9.

“Cineworld will bring a state-of-the-art film viewing experience to the town and we look forward to opening our doors and welcoming local film fans for the first time this Friday.

“We will have all of the latest most exciting film releases, as well as offering all of the concessions products and the Baskin and Robbins products too.

“We aim to be the best place to watch a movie and I don’t think anyone will be disappointed!”

The multiplex in the new shopping complex is finally complete after weeks of delays
The multiplex in the new shopping complex is finally complete after weeks of delays

The cinema will also offer subtitles, autism friendly screenings, audio description performances and screenings with subtitles
The cinema will also offer subtitles, autism friendly screenings, audio description performances and screenings with subtitles

Luke Admans, Cineworld’s general manager in Dover said: “We’re really excited to be part of St James and to be opening our doors to the local community.

As well as offering concessions for seniors and students, the cinema will also be selling unlimited passes, which allow film fans to watch as many movies as they like for just £17.90 a month.

It will also give them 25 per cent off some restaurant chains, including Chiquito and Frankie & Benny’s.

Kelly Drew, operations director for Cineworld, told Kent Live the cinema giant has been looking to expand in the county for some time.

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She said: “The nearest multi-screen cinema to here is in Ashford, so Cineworld were very keen to look at other areas in Kent.

“Being here in Dover, within the St James development, is perfect for us, combining retail and leisure together.”

When asked how Cineworld stand out from the already independent cinema in Dover and other nearby brands, like Vue at Westwood Cross, Mr Admans told Kent Live they wanted to be in harmony with the rest of the town.

He said: “I think for us, we are just excited to be here, excited to be in the community, excited to bring a multiplex to the town of Dover.”

Iman Fathi, South East Regional Manager, Luke Admans, Dover General Manager and Kelly Drew, Operations Manager outside Cineworld

While Mrs Drew added: “We are offering the latest sound and technology, comfortable seating, stadium seating – every seat that you get in Cineworld you’re going to get a great picture, and we really believe that Cineworld is the best place to watch a movie.”

The cinema chain is just one of a wide range of brands that will be coming to Dover when the St James Development opens in phases this spring.

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St James Development

Cineworld is one of the anchor tenants of the scheme which has brought an M&S Simply Food, an array of cafes and restaurants and a 108-bed Travelodge hotel.

Next and Trespass will be setting up shop in Block A, while Nando’s will be joining Cineworld in Block B and Anytime Fitness’s new gym will be in Block C.

The site will also be the home of Travelodge’s new 108 bed hotel and some stores, such as Superdrug and Marks & Spencer, will be relocating there from the town centre.



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