Market Harborough's New Cinema Gets the Go-ahead!
The not for profit cinema organisation ‘Harborough Screen’ has been successful in obtaining planning consent from Harborough Council to site a mobile cinema unit in the town.
The decision paves the way for the first full time cinema in Market Harborough for almost 40 years. The cinema will be located off St Mary’s Road close to Symington’s recreation ground on land previously used as a bowling green. Here's how it will look:
The project began over 4 years ago with a petition started by local schoolgirl Lucy Seaward. In total 8,000 residents showed their support for a return to the town of a cinema.
This raised enough to begin the work to refurbish the unit which is currently underway at a site near Wellingborough. The funding raised to date has been used to transport the unit from its base in Scotland, revamp the exterior of the unit, repair the roof, refurbish the interior, replace and add additional lighting and purchase a new digital projector.
Planning officers delayed the application by 3 months over potential issues of noise from the cinema affecting nearby residents, and required additional sound reports to be carried out.
Inititially, the cinema will use wireless headphones (with individual volume controls) for all customers initially – once on site and fully operational, it is hoped that further sound tests will show that this measure is unnecessary and the Dolby speakers already housed in the cinema will be used as originally planned.’’