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The Light Cinema to open in Sittingbourne next March

By Chloe Holmwood

The boss of a cinema company that’s opening a branch as part of a town’s multi-million pound regeneration has confirmed when it is set to open.

Keith Pullinger, chief executive of The Light Cinemas, says the eight-screen multiplex should open in Sittingbourne next March.

When asked whether he could confirm if the rumours that it might not be The Light coming to the town were true, he said: “I’m not sure where the rumours would have come from.

KMTV went to visit the site of the new cinema

“We signed up to this scheme about two years ago and I’m just delighted now to see it coming out of the ground.

“We’re fully committed to this and opening next March.”

He said there was no specific date as yet, but it would hopefully be before Easter “because there’s obviously lots of big films around Easter time every year”.

Mr Pullinger said it was great to see the framework going up for the town’s new leisure quarter, where the cinema will be.

“We’re fully committed to this and opening next March...” Keith Pullinger

He added: “This is the first time I’ve been here since it’s been on site and I can’t believe how quickly it’s now coming out of the ground.

“It’s really, really good to see the project coming alive now.”

Mr Pullinger said Sittingbourne’s branch will be The Light Cinema’s 11th cinema in the UK.

As well as having eight screens, he said, it would also have “a bar area and a luxury complex”.

He added: “I think they’re building a really good scheme here.

The cinema structure
The cinema structure

“We’ve got three restaurants already let, the Travelodge hotel, it’s right next to the station, right next to the town centre and main shops, I think it’s a perfect location and I’m sure it’ll be popular.”

Big-name restaurants Nando’s and Pizza Express have also signed up to the £57 million Spirit of Sittingbourne revamp.

And, earlier this month, the consortium behind the scheme confirmed two more restaurants had signed up.

However, it would not go into further details about the tenants.

Once it is complete, the Spirit of Sittingbourne project is expected to attract up to 400,000 visitors a year.

For more information, visit www.spiritofsittingbourne.com

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