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July 13 2017

Vue Entertainment concludes Glasgow cinema deal
Vue Entertainment is to open a nine-screen cinema within Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre by summer 2019 after concluding a deal with mall owners Blackstone.

Located within the former BHS store to the east of the current centre the cinema will anchor a dedicated 30,000sq/ft restaurant area as part of a phased reconfiguration of the centre designed by Benoy to help it diversify away from retail.

Andrew Warren, real estate team partner with Morisons solicitors, said, “This is great news for Glasgow city centre and it is anticipated it will provide the catalyst for further food outlet openings attracted by the increased footfall generated by the cinema. 

“The leisure industry continues to be buoyant for the commercial property sector and following the election, this is a further indicator that hopefully we can look forward to a more sustained settled period with less business uncertainty.”

The cinema will be accessible from new entrances off Dunlop and Osbourne Street's with the aim of improving pedestrian connections to Argyle Street.

5 Comments

Derek Wilson
#1 Posted by Derek Wilson on 13 Jul 2017 at 15:47 PM
For the last sentence alone this may be worthwhile.
George
#2 Posted by George on 13 Jul 2017 at 16:56 PM
Whilst Edinburgh has started on a new world class St James Quarter retail destination, Glasgow sticks a cinema in a main city centre shopping mall...
Honestly the lack of real ambition here is worrying, the St Enoch centre is poor quality as is. I take it we have given up on trying to retain our place as the best retail destination outside London, because that place is fast disappearing.
monkey9000
#3 Posted by monkey9000 on 13 Jul 2017 at 18:13 PM
#2 Is it relevant anymore to be the "best retail place..." with the majority of retail moving online? Should the ambition be adjusted to being the "best place" which therefore means a wide mix of uses and reusing empty retail for something else. (I'm not saying this scheme is actually any good).
Billy
#4 Posted by Billy on 14 Jul 2017 at 08:23 AM
Something has to give. Squeeze a balloon at one end ant the problem pops up elsewhere. There is a finite amount of cinemagoers in the Glasgow region. Are all of the existing cinemas full to capacity everyday of the week? If they are then a new cinema is welcome. If not something will have to give. I would have preferred something a bit healthier here. A ten pin bowling allley, climbing walls and maybe even an ice rink again with retractable roof for the outdoor experience when dry. With a bit of imagination that whole east end of St Enoch square and car parks could be put to better use to get more footfall , get the city more active , healthier and also benefit the surrounding streets. After all was it not intended that a healthier city would be the legacy of the Commonwealth Games? Not sure where another cinema supports this. Just seems to be a lazy answer and maybe short term if the cinema cannot pull in the numbers.
RevMonk
#5 Posted by RevMonk on 14 Jul 2017 at 11:31 AM
I'm a bit conflicted over this one as I first heard this plan 10 years ago but a couple of recessions later it's kind of nice to see it finally coming to fruition but have to agree, is it relevant? what's the point when even cinemas are struggling not just retailers?
Honestly think there are several things they could do that would be 10 times better than this but I'll say one thing... I could murder a Casta coffee :D

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