Cineworld revealed this week it would be pulling out of Sovereign Harbour to move to the heart of Eastbourne to take up pride of place in the new extension at the Arndale Centre.
The move into a brand new purpose-built digital cinema will take place in late 2017 or early 2018, once the Arndale extension is completed.
Cineworld says it hopes to continue operating from its current site in the Sovereign Harbour Retail Park and is aiming for a seamless transition into its new home. The company has approached its current landlord to achieve this outcome and says that will ensure film-lovers in Eastbourne and the surrounding area will continue to have access to a wide range of films and event cinema.
Cineworld’s Kevin Frost said, “Sovereign Harbour has been a great home for us over the years and we have been made to feel very welcome by the community there. But we now feel the time is right to take up a more central location within the town and we are delighted to be moving into the new Arndale extension towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.
“By continuing to trade until our moving date we will both safeguard jobs and continue to offer the people of Eastbourne a welcoming cinema to watch all the latest movies.”
News of the Cineworld move was welcomed as a giant leap forward for the town centre’s evening economy by politicians from the two main parties.
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said, “This will quite simply revolutionise the evening life-style of the town centre. We will have seven new restaurants on the first floor of the Arndale extension, a brand new cinema to entice people of all ages to come into the town centre and all this will increase trade for all our town centre restaurants. This is great news for our town.”
Conservative councillor David Elkin said he would be sad to see Cineworld leaving Sovereign Harbour, but hoped it would be able to continue trading there for at least another three years.