Delight as cinema to pop up at shops

Councillor Richard Robinson at the junction of Maws Lane with Hardy Street in Kimberley.
Councillor Richard Robinson at the junction of Maws Lane with Hardy Street in Kimberley.

A pop-up cinema is set to appear at Giltbrook Retail Park next month.

Motorists will be able to park at the big screen and watch a range of movies during the first week of April.

Councillor Richard Robinson, Broxtowe Borough Council member for Kimberley, has been campaigning for a cinema at the retail park for the last five years and says it is great news.

He said: “I was absolutely delighted when I heard. I think it’s brilliant news. It’s great for the area and an exciting venture. It brings diversity.”

He said he sees the pop-up cinema as a step toward securing something more permanent in the future.

He said: “I hope in the long term it will help to campaign for a permanent cinema.”

Bosses at Moonlight Cinema said tickets for the Giltbrook Retail Park sold out in 24 hours – quicker than any other.

Coun Robinson said: “They said we have never known anything like it before.

“If it’s a real success they’re going to put on more throughout the year and this is further ammunition to say to British Land, who own the park, we need a permanent feature.

“This is absolute concrete proof that people would come.

“There is certainly demand for it, particularly with all the eating places. And people come to Ikea from all over the place.”

Coun Robinsons’s campaign for a cinema at the retail park began five years ago when a resident suggested the idea.

He then put it out in his monthly newsletter asking for opinions and was bombarded with positive responses.

He did a public survey which showed 98 per cent of local residents in favour, and has had several meetings.

He said: “I’m convinced British Land went for it based on the strength of public opinion.”

Films are being shown daily between April 2 and 8.