Light Cinemas Bolton
Market Place Shopping Centre,
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In the centre of Bolton, formerly in Lancashire, now part of Greater Manchester, the Market Hall opened in 1856.
It was extensively altered in 1894. As a modern retail space it was opened by HM The Queen on 1st December 1988.
After a major refurbishment, it was re-launched on 30th September 2008 by HRH The Earl of Wessex.
In 2014 it was announced that Light Cinemas would operate a multi-screen cinema that was to be built on the upper floor. This was to be operating by early-2015, but it did not open until 7th October 2016.
The cinema is in a commanding position overlooking the retail floors, reached by escalator and lift. A trademark of Light Cinemas is the Green Room café/bar.
The nine auditoriums, all fully licensed, are equipped with state of the art digital picture and sound facilities and VIP luxury seating. In typical Light decorative style, they are furnished with multi-coloured seating. Another nice Light innovation is the personal welcome given by a member of staff to the assembled patrons in the auditorium before each screening (which usefully reinforces the desperate plea to turn off mobile phones!).
Seating capacities are: Screen 1: 119; Screen 2: 115; Screen 3: 101; Screen 4: 73; Screen 5: 240; Screen 6: 137; Screen 7: 105; Screen 8: 85 and Screen 9: 66.
For the record, on my visit, on 16th October, just a week after the cinema opened, I saw “Inferno”, starring Tom Hanks, in Screen 5.
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