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46 jobs created as first Odeon cinema in Orpington in 30 years to open

PUBLISHED: 12:15 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:15 05 January 2016

Artists' impressions of the new cinema in Orpington

Artists' impressions of the new cinema in Orpington

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£4m has been invested in the site, which includes ultra-high-definition screens - one of only two locations in the UK

After a 30 year absence, film will be returning to Orpington as Odeon are set to open a new cinema in the town early this year.

The new seven screen, 961-seat cinema will be opening in time for Easter and will create 46 local jobs across a number of different areas, including management, hosting and guest services.

Odeon has invested £4m in the development of the site, which includes a state-of-the-art Insense experience, allowing guests to enjoy blockbusters in the cinema’s largest ultra-high-definition screens.

One of just two currently in the UK, the screen features luxury seating throughout and cutting-edge Dolby ATMOS sound, designed to deliver a truly immersive cinema experience, and gourmet food is available courtesy of the award-winning Croma Pizza Point.

Speaking about the new opening, Trevor Cavell, general manager at the cinema said: “It’s fantastic to see the cinema finally taking shape in the Walnuts Shopping Centre.

“Anticipation for the opening is at an all-time high, and many people are already excited about upcoming blockbusters, including Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America; Civil War.

“We’re putting a great deal of time and effort into recruiting the new team in order to ensure we deliver the exceptional customer service expected by our guests. We’ve already had a high volume of applications and encourage passionate and enthusiastic people of all levels to speak to us about a new career for the New Year.”

Peter Morgan, executive councillor for renewal and recreation at Bromley council said: “We are seeing incremental improvements in Orpington and residents will remember the investment that the council has previously made in the town.

“The new Odeon cinema will be a great addition to the town centre and not only will it directly create new jobs, but we’re also expecting to see visitor numbers grow as more people come, with benefits to the whole of local economy.

“Visitors will soon be able to enjoy the latest films and entertainment and new restaurants.”

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