Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater

Water Circus, Bluewater,
Greenhithe, DA9 9SG

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Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater

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Located in the huge Bluewater Shopping Centre, located between Dartford and Gravesend. This opened as a 12-screen multiplex by Hoyts Cinemas on 16th March 1999. The seating capacities in the twelve screens totaled 2,793, and ranged from 464, down to 80. In recent years an 86-seat Studio screen has been added, bringing the total seating capacity up to 2,879. In 2014 it was re-named Showcase Cinemas de Lux. In December 2017 four more screens were added.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 14, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Here is a photograph of the Showcase Cinemas Bluewater:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2010 at 4:17 am

This page at the web site of JPRA Architects lists five theater projects the firm has designed, and one of them is Hoyts Cinema, Bluewater, Kent, United Kingdom. Unfortunately they offer no information or photos for this project. JPRA is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, outside Detroit. In the U.S., the firm designs mostly mixed use projects and shopping centers.

Max the Movie Guy
Max the Movie Guy on September 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

This cinema has been transforming into a Showcase Cinema de Lux since Spring this year. Screen 4 was turned into an IMAX cinema on December 13, 2013.

DavidSimpson on August 31, 2015 at 1:57 am

This was the only UK cinema built and operated by Hoyts (their other UK build, at Wood Green in north London, opened as part of the Showcase circuit).

CF100 on September 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm

This cinema originally opened with two THX certified auditoria, which, at that time, were very few in relative number in the UK compared to most other developed markets—and by the late 1990s not to be expected for a newly commissioned site.

Alas, at that time IIRC KCS speakers were installed—and those screens didn’t sound particularly different to the main screens in any other run-of-the-mill multiplex, i.e. medicore and not comparable to the excellent THX certified installations at the Empire Leicester Square or Warner West End in the 1990s.

(Of course, this is not a comment on the current presentation quality, with which I am not familar.)

Buffer on December 13, 2017 at 6:58 am

The Cinema de Lux now has 17 screens, according to press advertising in December, 2017.

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