Hambleton District Council has announced that work is set to get underway on a cinema in Northallerton.
The Everyman Cinema is the latest phase of the £17m Treadmills scheme being delivered by Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL), a joint venture between Hambleton District Council and leading Yorkshire developer Wykeland Group.
The Everyman Cinema will be built on the northern part of the Treadmills site, the home of the former Northallerton prison, just behind the high street.
The new cinema, which will be open every day, will have four screens with a total of 276 seats, showing mainstream, classic and independent films. It will also have its own restaurant and licensed bar.
The build will begin in September, with PDR construction contracted to develop the cinema. The cinema is expected to open its doors next summer.
Everyman is a leading independent cinema group in the UK. The company has 35 cinemas, with 118 screens across the country. The Everyman brand offers customers a high quality and unique experience and is known for its luxurious venues and sofa-like seats where filmgoers can enjoy a glass of wine and a slice of freshly made pizza served to their seats.
The 11,000ft² cinema will be located above three new-build restaurant units which will look onto a new public square as the centrepiece of Treadmills. Now that construction is to begin on this latest phase, discussions are underway with prospective operators for the restaurant units.
The thriving Treadmills development already offers Lidl, Iceland, a higher educational campus- Campus at Northallerton (C@N) and C4DI – an exciting new digital hub focused on helping tech companies grow and traditional businesses innovate within the agriculture, food processing and digital sectors.
Councillor Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District Council said: “This is a really exciting day for our district. To announce the build of a new cinema just as we begin to emerge from a global pandemic is quite an achievement, given how hard the cinema and theatre industry has been hit by Covid.
“I hope this shows our unwavering commitment as a district council to continuing to invigorate and develop our district, making it attractive for both residents and visitors for a day or evening out.
“I am confident the cinema will be a welcome addition and help increase our leisure offer in Northallerton meaning more people can enjoy spending more time in our thriving county town”
Jonathan Stubbs, Development Director of Wykeland Group, said: “This announcement heralds the beginning of the next exciting phase of Treadmills.
“Everyman is one of the UK’s most prestigious cinema operators and its venues are destination attractions, drawing filmgoers from many miles around. The new cinema will provide local people with a high-quality leisure experience, deliver a major boost to the evening economy in Northallerton and enhance the town’s appeal to visitors.
“This latest stage of construction will also create three new restaurant units that will pave the way for further investment and job creation on site.”
A spokesperson for Everyman said: “We are pleased to announce that Everyman will be opening soon as part of Northallerton’s historic Treadmill’s redevelopment. We are excited to be sharing our unique brand of carefully curated film, warm hospitality and comfortable setting with the local community.”
The Treadmills project is also being supported by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which has secured investment of £1.8m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund for the redevelopment and fit-out of C4DI and a further £675,00 from the Government’s Getting Building Fund for the Campus@Northallerton currently being developed on the site. Phase three of the project is being part funded with £4.75m from the Government’s Future High Street Fund which was awarded to Northallerton earlier this year.