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Orpington's first cinema in 34 years officially opens

PUBLISHED: 15:33 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:33 26 February 2016

Mayor of Bromley, Kim Botting, and MP for Orpington, Jo Johnson, officially open the new Odeon cinema

Mayor of Bromley, Kim Botting, and MP for Orpington, Jo Johnson, officially open the new Odeon cinema

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Mayor of Bromley Kim Botting and Orpington MP Jo Johnson were among those present at the event at Walnuts Shopping Centre

The first cinema in Orpington in over three decades was officially opened last night.

Mayor of Bromley Kim Botting and Orpington MP Jo Johnson were among those present at the event at Walnuts Shopping Centre.

The new cutting-edge Odeon cinema features 960 seats across seven screens, and a 15m x 6.2m Isense screen, that delivers a unique experience in ultra high-definition in terms of both visuals and sound to its 280 spectators.

Digital projectors deliver almost nine million pixels, four times the resolution of a standard screen, meaning the film is brighter, clearer and alive with detail.

The Atmos sound system consists of a total of 56 speakers scattered throughout the room, including 18 on the ceiling.

Each of these has a dedicated channel, which can each be controlled individually, meaning every raindrop splash on the street, every footstep in the night and every gasp for breath can be heard with unerring clarity.

Cllr Botting and Mr Johnson were joined in the ribbon cutting by cinema general manager Trevor Cavell and managing director of Odeon UK and Ireland, Duncan Reynolds – who also welcomed a host of local organisations, dignitaries and community groups to be amongst the first to watch a film on the Isense screen.

Mr Cavell said: “To be able to say we are officially open is a fantastic feeling.

“The response and support we have had in opening this cinema from local dignitaries and the public has been incredible, and we look forward to entertaining the local community for years to come.”

Cllr Botting said: “I take great pride in opening this cinema, and welcoming film back to Orpington after such a long absence.

“To see the reaction of local residents at the event was very exciting, and I wish Trevor and the team ongoing success in our great town.”

Mr Johnson added: “It was an honour to open Orpington’s first cinema for 34 years.

“Regeneration of the town centre has been a theme of the last few years and this development adds a contemporary and modern space at the heart of Orpington.

“There is little doubt that the town will be strengthened by the Walnuts’ new role as a community hub and retail and leisure destination, which I am sure will encourage further development and investment going forward.”

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