New cinema set for Skelmersdale

Star Cinemas is set to open a new multi-screen cinema in The Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, which will become the town's first since 1982.

The American firm, which operates screens in California and Arizona, hopes to open the new venue in August or September, dependent on the government's social isolation guidelines.

The owners have promised to price screenings at £5 each, seven days a week, and to offer food and drink at half the price of rival national cinemas.

They said: "We want to create a habit where cinema-going is done on a regular basis, just like the good old days, and we aim to achieve this by offering a low-cost, affordable day out, but with the same luxury and comfort as other cinema chains."

The Concourse Shopping Centre is owned by Skelmersdale Limited Partnership, a joint venture between London and Cambridge Properties (LCP) and Threadneedle Investments. 

Andrew Barrett, retail director at LCP, said: "It’s a considerable investment, but it is one we are prepared to make to improve the shopping centre, enhance the leisure facilities and boost the local economy. 

We want to create a habit where cinema-going is done on a regular basis

“Bringing the cinema to Skelmersdale will provide entertainment facilities to the doorstep of the local community. We’re very much looking forward to the cinema opening."

Councillor Ian Moran, leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, added: “This is absolutely fantastic news for the town and a real expression of faith in Skelmersdale at this difficult time for town centres.

"The people of Skelmersdale have been wanting a cinema in the town centre for many years and, alongside the new town centre development, this demonstrates that the town is really on the up."

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