Empire Walthamstow

More details about the opening of the Empire Cinema in Walthamstow have been released.

Screenings at the nine-screen cinema will begin on November 20. The Empire group is marketing it as “second only to Leicester Square” in terms of the flagship nature of the venue.

Update: I’ve been assured that the cinema will screen 3D films. A spokesman told me: “The cinema will indeed be hosting 3D films, in particular Master Image 3D, which uses a unique combination of display techniques to deliver the best image detail and colour fidelity – the sharpest 3D cinema presentation available.”

According to the council newspaper Waltham Forest News, almost 500 people applied for jobs at the cinema and all 35 posts went to local folk.

A VIP screening and party will be held on Nov 19 to mark the opening. No names yet of who might be attending or which film will mark the return of a cinema to the borough after what I believe is a two-decade absence. (Click the tags at the side or links below to read more about the battle to bring cinema back to the Stow.)

Further update: Stow Fim Lounge, while not a purpose-built cinema venue, has been in touch to say it’s been operating for the last two years.

Here’s the press release:

Empire Cinemas, the largest independently owned cinema chain in the UK, is proud to be opening a brand new cinema this November at The Scene, Walthamstow. The Scene’s Empire Cinema will play host to nine screens and will be able to seat up to 1,200 cinema-goers; as well as feature Empire Cinemas’ large screen format IMPACT, with a spectacular super-sized screen, sensational sound and superb seating with extra leg room and even been bags. The Scene will also include 121 new homes, shops and restaurants, including Nando’s, Pizza Express and Turtle Bay, as part of a multi-million pound investment in Walthamstow Town Centre.

In addition to the very latest film releases, there will also be a variety of Empire Extra screenings, where customers can experience big stage productions and events on the big screen from the comfort of their local cinema – be it theatre, opera, ballet, music or sport, customers can sit back and enjoy the big screen experience in high definition where you’re always guaranteed the best seat in the house at a fraction of the theatre ticket price. Empire Cinemas also brings Walthamstow the very best from the glamorous world of Bollywood with both recent and classic films.

Empire Cinemas’ cater for all; from Empire JNRS, which offers families the chance to see a family favourites every weekend for pocket money prices; to Empire Seniors, where the over 60’s can watch a selection of the best recent and classic films every Wednesday, including tea or coffee and a biscuit. Empire Cinemas also welcome parents with babies through their Empire Parent & Baby screenings, providing a relaxing environment for parents/guardians to enjoy the latest releases with the lights up and sound down, every Monday morning. Empire Cinemas Walthamstow will also give families a chance to celebrate birthdays with films, fun, food and friends at Empire Kids Parties.

Other offers include Sav£rday Tuesday, which offers customers a chance to see current films for a ‘credit crunch busting’ price, and Last Chance To See Thursdays, which screens selected films coming to the end of their run at Sav£rday prices.