Plans for a new cinema in Matlock have been welcomed

Plans to turn Matlock’s Market Hall into a cinema with and adjoining restaurant or retail space, leaving space for future community use, have been welcomed by the town council.

Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 10:34 am

Matlock Town Council would like to thank Matlock Community Vision and Derbyshire Dales District Council for the work that they have jointly undertaken over several years that should now lead to an improved gateway to the centre of Matlock.

Matlock Town Council is keen to work with Derbyshire Dales District Council to ensure the project aligns with both Councils’ Climate Emergency intent.

The council also hopes that the new scheme will be able to benefit from revisions to bus laybys with a new wide pavement area and new bus shelters along the side of the redevelopment by Derbyshire County Council.

The cinema will be built at the Market Hall in Bakewell Road

Coun David Hughes, Mayor of Matlock, said: "This new cinema complex is an exciting addition to Matlock that will enhance Matlock as an evening entertainment centre in Derbyshire Dales.

"In addition, the proposals by the cinema operator to open during the day for much of the year and to open for community events will bring new visitors to the town centre during the day.

"I look forward to its prospective opening in December 2021."

It is predicted that the cinema will see 58,000 visitors a year, increasing footfall in the town centre by 37,704 a year by March 2023.

That could generate around £4.5million for the town over ten years.

The council expects to break even on its investment in 13 years.

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