Work is continuing apace in the former Chapel, site of soon-to-be site of Marlborough’s new Cinema and a new manager, David Williams has been appointed. Opening date is still scheduled for the Autumn, dates will be published once confirmed.
The Parade Chapel is now full of builders, materials and equipment. External work has included repairs and replacement of the roof, brick and stonework, the restoration of stained-glass windows, and the removal of a chimney from the Manse. The small extension to the side of the Chapel is being built to house a new corridor that will lead to the auditorium.
One of the most exciting and important developments was knocking through between the Chapel and the Manse to give a preview of the site’s future purpose. By connecting the two buildings, for the first time, it is possible to see how the auditorium, foyer, and gallery will link with the bar, ticket and café areas, and the upstairs gallery and dining area.
The Directors of Image Cinemas are delighted to confirm the appointment of David Williams as Cinema Manager. They are excited to have someone with so much industry experience on the team:
Robert Hiscox, Chairman of Image Cinema, said “David has an extensive and successful experience of developing and running cinemas so we feel very lucky to have him running The Parade. I eagerly look forward to the opening in the Autumn and to sharing the experience with happy cinemagoers.”
David Williams has over 20 years’ experience, and his career has seen him running cinemas of all different shapes and sizes, from single-screen arthouse cinemas to ten screen multiplexes. Whilst the venues have changed, and he has worked across several companies, the one thing that has never wavered is his belief that cinema should always be an experience beyond the film being watched.
David Williams said, “My career in cinema started in 2001, in a small Welsh town. I quickly fell in love with everything that cinema had to offer, and it did not take long for me to realise that I wanted to make my career in cinema.
Twenty years later, I find myself taking on quite possibly the most exciting project of my career, The Parade Cinema.
My overall vision for the cinema is one of inclusivity. I want the cinema to be enjoyed by everyone, whether you are looking for afternoon tea and a film, a Saturday night out with good food and a good film, or a way to keep the children entertained for a few hours.
The film programme will be as varied as possible, latest blockbusters will be showcased alongside the very best in arthouse, foreign language and live events from the National Theatre and others. Of course, there will be something for the little ones too, with regular kids’ films on the weekend and during school holidays.
I’m very proud to be a part of building something that will be a part of the Marlborough and wider area community for many years to come.”
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