Bedminster signs leisure anchor

New independent cinema signed for £50m St Catherine’s Place regeneration

Independent cinema group Scott Cinemas has signed an agreement with Bristol-based developer Firmstone Consortia One to run a new cinema at St Catherine’s Place, Bedminster.

Firmstone is investing £5m in refurbishing the shopping centre, which currently has several vacant units – including injecting £1.5m into the new cinema. The new cinema will have the latest technology including Dolby Atmos sound and 4k laser projection in all screens, as well as a bar/cafe.

A planning application for the redevelopment of St Catherine’s Place, which will create a further 271 homes and a reinvigorated shopping centre include provision for Scott Cinemas, has been submitted. Firmstone has already created 54 new apartments in the former Catherine’s House office building.

Developer Francis Firmstone said: “This is fantastic news for Bedminster. The new cinema will become a social hub for the local community and is set to be a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the East Street area, which, in its heyday, was the social and economic hub of South Bristol.”

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