Construction to begin on 276-seat cinema

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Work is set to get underway on a new 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 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 cinema 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. It is expected to open its doors next summer.

The 11,000 sq ft cinema will be located above three restaurant units which will overlook a new public square.

Treadmills already offers Lidl, Iceland, a higher educational campus – Campus at Northallerton (C@N) – and C4DI – a 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 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 town.”

Jonathan Stubbs, development director of Wykeland Group, said: “This announcement heralds the beginning of the next 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 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 spokesman for Everyman added: “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.”