Latest images released of £1,7m Welwyn Garden City cinema screen revamp work
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 March 2014
Work is now well underway in revamping Welwyn Garden City's main leisure venue - with two cinema screens and a soft play area being built.
Campus West, in The Campus, has been shuddering with the sound of walls coming down, and in one case a ceiling, as the preparation work is carried out.
Builders have been told that work each day has to finish at noon, so films can be screened in the existing Garden City Cinema.
A former council chamber has been demolished to make way for a 100-seat screen.
A venue spokesman said this week: “Everything is currently on schedule for the autumn opening and if you want to get a taste of what it will be like, one of the new cinema seats has even been installed in the theatre foyer for everyone to try out.”
A soft play area is being created on the ground floor of the building.
The revamp, approved by bosses at Welwyn Hatfield Council last year, will cost £1.69milllion.
Backers say it will bring in at least £250,000 extra income each year.
With the new cinema screens, leisure bosses say the complex will be able to screen 4,000 films a year.
It currently offers around 600 screenings, with films shown weeks after their first release.
Under new plans, selected films will be shown at the same time as they are in multiplex cinemas.