Cineworld Cinema - York
Kathryn Avenue, Huntington,
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In York, North Yorkshire, in 1999, the local soccer team, York City Football Club, ceased ownership of their ageing ground at Bootham Crescent, which had opened in 1932. It was proposed that they should move to a multi-purpose stadium, which they would share with York City Knights Rugby League Football Club. The projected capacity for the new all-seater stadium was 8,005. Adjoining the stadium would be a leisure complex and a community hub, with health and well-being services. (In the meantime, the team would continue at Bootham Crescent).
Planning permission for York Community Stadium was granted by the council in March 2015. This included a 2,000 seat, 12-screen cinema. However, the developer then asked for this to be increased by one additional screen and up to a total of 2,400 seats. This “minor amendment” was allowed, but existing cinema operator Vue (which has a 12-screen multiplex on the outskirts of the city (see separate Cinema Treasures entry) objected, initially on the grounds that this ‘over-development’ could jeopardise all of the city’s existing cinemas.
Then, in August 2016, Vue applied for a judicial review, not based on any impact on the existing cinemas, but on the grounds that the council should not have allowed a larger cinema than they had originally granted permission for. However, in January 2017, at a hearing at London’s High Courts of Justice, this was dismissed, the judge agreeing with the council that they had approved a “multi-screen cinema”, and the later addition of a 13th screen was a minor, and lawful, amendment.
Other delays resulted in construction of the Stadium not beginning until December 2017. York City hope to move in during 2020 but, in the meantime, Cineworld opened the 13-screen multiplex on Friday 13th December 2019.
Special attractions are IMAX and ScreenX auditoriums, and there are two VIP screens. Seating capacities are: IMAX:398; Screen 2:135; Screen 3:123; Screen 4:135; Screen 5:168; ScreenX:206; VIP Screen 1:40; VIP Screen 2:35; Screen 9:135; Screen 10:140; Screen 11:173; Screen 12:219 and Screen 13:293. (Making the total capacity 200 seats less than the 2,400 allowed for the enlarged cinema.)
Between opening day and Tuesday 17th December, all standard 2D seats were just £3 (though uplifts applied for 3D, IMAX, ScreenX and VIP screens). The opening films included children’s favourites “Frozen II” and “Jumanji: The Next Level”, romantic comedy “Last Christmas” and horror remake “Black Christmas”.
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