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The Scene opens this week

The return of a permanent cinema to Waltham Forest has been top of residents’ wish lists for many years, and now after more than a decade without the big screen in the borough, local people can stop dreaming and start watching.

Empire Cinemas officially opens its doors to the public on Thursday 20 November, with the new Nando’s and Pizza Express restaurants that also help make-up The Scene at Cleveland Place also starting to serve food to the people of Waltham Forest on the same day.

Council Leader, Chris Robbins, said, “This has been a personal priority for me and is the culmination of many years work. Not only will local residents have a state-of-the-art cinema on their doorstep, but the new restaurants will help create a real destination for people all over Waltham Forest to enjoy a night out.”

The nine-screen multiplex can hold up to 1,200 movie-goers and boasts 188 speakers and 573 light bulbs. Empire estimate that every month over 5,000 tubs of popcorn will be sold, along with 6,000 litres of fizzy drinks – that’s enough pop to fill two London buses!

“The statistic I like most of all is that all 35 cinema staff are residents of the borough,” said Chris. “As well as stimulating an evening economy, The Scene also provides jobs and homes right in the heart of the borough.”

The 121 new homes at The Scene are already being marketed and in addition to Nando’s and Pizza Express, three other restaurants are due to open in the New Year.

John Nutton, Marketing Director for Empire Cinemas, said: “We’ve received lots of positive feedback from local residents. We are looking forward to working with our partners to establish The Scene as a thriving hub for film fans.”

PHOTO: Council Leader Chris Robbins is delighted to finally see a cinema return to the borough after an 11 year absence.

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