UPDATE: Halifax cinema gala evening....

Opening soon, the Broad Street Plaza, Halifax,
Opening soon, the Broad Street Plaza, Halifax,
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THE Vue Cinema gala evening at Halifax’s Broad Street Plaza has been called off but the cinema is still due to open on Friday, October 26, with the new James Bond movie “Skyfall”.

The Vue Cinema operators say their new multiplex is equipped with state-of-the-art VueXtreme with immersive surround sound, plus crystal clear Sony 4K digital projection.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in forthcoming release, Skyfall

Daniel Craig as James Bond in forthcoming release, Skyfall

“Get ready for a whole new era of cinema entertainment!”

The ticket prices are expected to be in line with others in the Vue chain - £8 a head.

Plans to redevelop the former Broad Street car park were revealed by the Courier in 1994 but at that stage it was to be mainly for retail use.

It wasn’t until 1998 that developers suggested adding a cinema and a leisure and fitness centre.

Today the emphasis is firmly on leisure and restaurant use.

Several eateries have already opened including Frankie & Bennys and TGI Fridays, and still to come is Pizza Express , JD Wetherspooons and a Chinese Buffet.

A Beefeater restaurant will also be opening as part of the nearby 100-bed Premier Hotel.

Courier readers have already been having their say online about which film they’re most looking forward to seeing.

Jordan Penny, Karen Johnson and Lance Crabtree are all looking forward to seeing the new James Bond film Skyfall, while Lynsey Dunn wants to see “Breaking Dawn.”

Courier columist enthusiast Megan Appleyard, said: “I think Skyfall is a great choice but I’m not a huge fan of the Bond films - I think they’ve passed their prime, however Daniel Craig makes a very good 007 and people seem to be excited about it.”

*Skyfall (12a) is due to be screened at Hebden Bridge Picture House from Friday, November 16 - 22.

The ABC Cinema at Ward’s End, Halifax, began life as the Regal and was built on the site of an early bus station. 
It was designed by William Riddell Glen and was opened in September 1938 by the Mayor of Halifax, Frank Watkinson.
There were originally more than 1,800 seats in the circle and stalls.
The first films to be shown were a public school story “Housemaster”, starring Otto Kruger, and a romantic farm story called “Checkers” with Jane Withers.
It became the ABC in 1961 and a three-screen complex in 1976. In 1986, it became the Cannon and years later reverted to an ABC.
The last film was “Spiderman” and the cinema was then converted at a cost of £2.8 million into a nightclub.
The building and the adjoining shops in Alexandra Street are listed.