Work begins on Orpington's new cinema and leisure complex

Work begins on Orpington's new cinema and leisure complex

Film to return to Orpington

Work begins on Orpington's new cinema and leisure complex

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Work has finally begun on Orpington’s new multiplex cinema and leisure development.

The project will see a seven-screen cinema, three restaurants, a gym, and three retailers arrive by spring next year.

Located at The Walnuts shopping centre, the complex is expected to bring 200 jobs to the area, providing a “much-needed boost to the town centre’s economy”, say those behind the scheme.

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New mayor Councillor Julian Bennington marked the start of the construction on Monday June 30 and said: “I am delighted to be here to ‘turn the first sod’ on this exciting and important development.

“The project will improve the retail and leisure offer available in Orpington and make it even more a town to visit.”

Orpington has been without the movies for over 30 years, after The Commodore Cinema closed in 1982.

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7:22pm Wed 2 Jul 14

white rabbit9 says...

The jewish movie industry is what you call at a stand still. No good movies are being created and the new stars of today are so jewish it's like nepotism gone insane.

Gary oldman springs to mind

http://www.theguardi
an.com/film/2014/jun
/25/gary-oldman-apol
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sm-row-mel-gibson

you can't talk about the jews................
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The jewish movie industry is what you call at a stand still. No good movies are being created and the new stars of today are so jewish it's like nepotism gone insane. Gary oldman springs to mind http://www.theguardi an.com/film/2014/jun /25/gary-oldman-apol ogises-in-antisemiti sm-row-mel-gibson you can't talk about the jews................ ......... white rabbit9
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8:10pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Harold_Monk says...

Mmm. Can't wait to see all those empty shop units
Mmm. Can't wait to see all those empty shop units Harold_Monk
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9:11pm Wed 2 Jul 14

white rabbit9 says...

Harold_Monk wrote:
Mmm. Can't wait to see all those empty shop units
ha haha ha, aint that the truth.
[quote][p][bold]Harold_Monk[/bold] wrote: Mmm. Can't wait to see all those empty shop units[/p][/quote]ha haha ha, aint that the truth. white rabbit9
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2:12am Thu 3 Jul 14

toomush2drink says...

The problem with orpington is anyone who lives in the area who has wealth spends it elsewhere. The demographic is that of a bargain hunter, those who want quality go elsewhere.

If they seriously think this is going revive the town center they need to think again. Sort the parking out first, why not do 30 minutes free parking for starters ?

Look around at the places that are working and parking is the biggest influence over many other factors. Where would you go, bluewater with free parking or orpington and pay for parking ?
The problem with orpington is anyone who lives in the area who has wealth spends it elsewhere. The demographic is that of a bargain hunter, those who want quality go elsewhere. If they seriously think this is going revive the town center they need to think again. Sort the parking out first, why not do 30 minutes free parking for starters ? Look around at the places that are working and parking is the biggest influence over many other factors. Where would you go, bluewater with free parking or orpington and pay for parking ? toomush2drink
  • Score: 10

12:00pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Eagles_Man says...

It's not fair! Bromley Town centre gets all the funding and new developments, why doesn't Orpin ... oh, wait.

OK, let's think of something else to moan about.... parking, that's it! (Just ignore the free parking at Tesco's)
It's not fair! Bromley Town centre gets all the funding and new developments, why doesn't Orpin ... oh, wait. OK, let's think of something else to moan about.... parking, that's it! (Just ignore the free parking at Tesco's) Eagles_Man
  • Score: 7

12:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Hyper-Deactive says...

They are trying to revive the town centre 30 years too late.

It used to be a great place when i was a kid in the 70's and early 80's and then it started to go down hill and they did nothing to stop it.

This is probably going to prove to be a huge waste of money and then they will blame something else for its failure.
They are trying to revive the town centre 30 years too late. It used to be a great place when i was a kid in the 70's and early 80's and then it started to go down hill and they did nothing to stop it. This is probably going to prove to be a huge waste of money and then they will blame something else for its failure. Hyper-Deactive
  • Score: 7

1:51am Fri 4 Jul 14

toomush2drink says...

Eagles_Man wrote:
It's not fair! Bromley Town centre gets all the funding and new developments, why doesn't Orpin ... oh, wait.

OK, let's think of something else to moan about.... parking, that's it! (Just ignore the free parking at Tesco's)
I base my opnion on a lot of years working in the high street, the shop i worked for closed too. When the glades opened it took a lot of trad from orpington then bluewater took a chunk then the market brought in those seeking knock down prices.
Unfortunately knock down prices dont work with high rents because a lot of the shops are part of pension portfolios.Its not in their interest to lower them as it devalues the fund.

Sure there is a tescos now but how many actually go outside of tescos when in orpington.

Its all too late and you might think commenting on parking is a moan but look at the facts. Take eltham for example 30 minutes free parking. look at the small parades of shops that are flourishing and you will notice free parking.

I take it you prefer to pay for parking eh ? The irony is they demolished a huge multistorey carpark that never ever got fully used to build the tescos.

Remember when they said the bowling alley would bring in new trade to the area ?
How is the cinema any different ?

You cant polish a turd unfortunately.
[quote][p][bold]Eagles_Man[/bold] wrote: It's not fair! Bromley Town centre gets all the funding and new developments, why doesn't Orpin ... oh, wait. OK, let's think of something else to moan about.... parking, that's it! (Just ignore the free parking at Tesco's)[/p][/quote]I base my opnion on a lot of years working in the high street, the shop i worked for closed too. When the glades opened it took a lot of trad from orpington then bluewater took a chunk then the market brought in those seeking knock down prices. Unfortunately knock down prices dont work with high rents because a lot of the shops are part of pension portfolios.Its not in their interest to lower them as it devalues the fund. Sure there is a tescos now but how many actually go outside of tescos when in orpington. Its all too late and you might think commenting on parking is a moan but look at the facts. Take eltham for example 30 minutes free parking. look at the small parades of shops that are flourishing and you will notice free parking. I take it you prefer to pay for parking eh ? The irony is they demolished a huge multistorey carpark that never ever got fully used to build the tescos. Remember when they said the bowling alley would bring in new trade to the area ? How is the cinema any different ? You cant polish a turd unfortunately. toomush2drink
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