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Telford could get two new cinemas

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Telford could get two new cinemas after plans were today unveiled for a 10-screen Odeon as the centrepiece of a multi-million pound shopping development in the town centre. Telford could get two new cinemas after plans were today unveiled for a 10-screen Odeon as the centrepiece of a multi-million pound shopping development in the town centre. Hark Group, owners of Telford Shopping Centre, has released an artist's impression of 'Central Square'. The planned 38,000 square foot development would also include restaurants and shops. It comes just weeks after Telford & Wrekin Council chiefs announced that an 11-screen Cineworld multiplex cinema would front the £250 million Southwater development nearby. Odeon bosses have yet to comment on what the new development means for the existing 10-screen cinema at Forgegate.[24link]

Telford could get two new cinemas after plans were today unveiled for a 10-screen Odeon as the centrepiece of a multi-million pound shopping development in the town centre.

Hark Group, owners of Telford Shopping Centre, has released an artist's impression of 'Central Square'.

The planned 38,000 square foot development would also include restaurants and shops.

It comes just weeks after Telford & Wrekin Council chiefs announced that an 11-screen Cineworld multiplex cinema would front the £250 million Southwater development nearby.

Odeon bosses have yet to comment on what the new development means for the existing 10-screen cinema at Forgegate.

Rob Cossey, director of Hark Group, said: "The centre of Telford is the heart of the town, but people face a limited choice of evening activities.

"The new Odeon cinema will complement and support the existing shops and boost the local economy."

A public consultation event will be held from November 10 to 13 at the shopping centre, Mr Cossey said.

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"We are looking forward to hearing what residents have to say and working with the council and the local community to begin to make this vision a reality," he added.

"At a time when town centres are increasingly under threat and retail faces economic uncertainties, Telford is still to realise its full potential."

Ken Taylor, property director for Odeon, said bosses were 'incredibly excited' about opening a new cinema in Telford.

He said: "The Telford Shopping Centre is well-established as a retail hub for Shropshire and this move will only extend the town's appeal, and provide a greater quality of evening entertainment for local residents."

The new cinema would go head-to-head for film fans with the planned Cineworld at Southwater. Telford & Wrekin Council and developer Citygrove said Cineworld was the preferred operator for the proposed cinema at the £250 million development. It is believed 170 full and part-time jobs will be created.

By Wayne Beese

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