The opening date for a new north-east cinema has been announced.
The Arc Cinema in Peterhead will open its doors to film buffs across the region on October 2 this year.
Initially, staff were planning to welcome the public around Christmas last year and then again in March of this year at the former Gala Bingo site on Marischal Street.
However, the £2 million project had been subject to a delay due to unforeseen delays with the building programme and the pandemic.
A statement on the cinema’s social media said: “We are delighted finally to be able to announce our new opening date.
“We are just putting the finishing touches to the cinema and making sure it is ready for you to have a fantastic and safe time.”
Late last year, Hollywood director Jon S Baird praised the progress of the development.
He said: “Once it’s open it will be a big draw for the town – which will hopefully have a knock-on effect.”
The state of the art venue boasts five screens and plans to show the latest blockbuster and independent films, as well as broadcast screenings of opera, ballet and theatrical productions.
The facility also offers a 280-seat air-conditioned theatre, 422 luxury leather armchair seats, digital laser projection with 3D capability and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound including the Fidelio system for the hard of hearing.
In October 2019, Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee agreed to dig deep to help make the £2 million project a reality.
Melcorpo was given a £200,000 boost from the authority’s property investment fund – which is used to bring empty buildings into use across the region.
The Gala Bingo Hall closed in January 2018 and was vacant until work began.
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