Bidders for Ipswich Film Theatre

NORFOLK-based chain Hollywood Cinemas is one of three bidders hoping to take over the management of the Ipswich Film Theatre later this year.The borough council decided to invite a commercial manager to take over the film theatre at the end of last year.

NORFOLK-based chain Hollywood Cinemas is one of three bidders hoping to take over the management of the Ipswich Film Theatre later this year.

The borough council decided to invite a commercial manager to take over the film theatre at the end of last year.

It invited bidders, and will consider who should be take over the film theatre at a meeting in February.

Borough leisure spokeswoman Judy Terry said whoever took on the role would have to run the film theatre as a specialist cinema showing films that did not always have commercial appeal.

“We have had the three bids - two from businesses which know the market very well and would be a real boost to the film theatre.

“Once an operator has been appointed they should be on board and in a position to start running the Ipswich Film Theatre from the start of the new financial year in April.”

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Hollywood runs cinemas in Norwich, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, and recently took over the former ABC in Bury St Edmunds.

It shows a mix of first-run and specialist films in cinemas that have often been surplus to requirements of major cinema chains.

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