Oldham Council’s flagship Old Town Hall development will officially open its door to the public on Friday, October 21.
Work to convert the historic Grade II-listed building into a seven-screen ODEON cinema and restaurant complex – while protecting its heritage and beauty – is now almost complete.
The scheme is central to Oldham town centre’s regeneration plans and set to deliver a major economic boost for the area, including new jobs.
A grand opening event will take place on October 21 which will showcase a fitting tribute to Oldham’s past and an inspiring glimpse into its future.
That will also mark the start of a celebratory weekend boasting a wide range of family activities, music, attractions and performances with a cinematic theme.
Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be able to reveal the date when the Old Town Hall will open to the public.
“People will soon be able to see for themselves the work that’s been going on to protect the heritage and majesty of this old building whilst also giving it a much-needed modern use.
“The Old Town Hall is going to be the heartbeat of the new Oldham town centre – one that has a great offer for families, visitors, business and people of all generations.
“I’d like to thank all local businesses, motorists and visitors for their patience during the construction period. The wait is almost over – and I’m sure the prize is going to be worth it.”
Oldham town centre has been without a cinema for more than 30 years.
ODEON’s new 789-seat multiplex has been built using the latest state-of-the-art technology, including an exclusive ISENSE screen so guests can enjoy blockbusters on ultra-high definition screens in luxury seating and with cutting-edge Dolby ATMOS sound to deliver an immersive experience.
Paul Dagg, General Manager at ODEON Oldham, said: “It’s fantastic to see the cinema taking shape at The Old Town Hall.
“Anticipation for the opening is at an all-time high, and many people are already excited about upcoming blockbusters, including Trolls, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
“The historic nature of this building means this will be a truly unique experience and we look forward to welcoming many guests when we open our doors.”
Oldham Council has just agreed terms with another restaurant tenant at the Old Town Hall and an announcement will follow soon.
They will be joining other top brands Costa Coffee, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Loungers and Nando’s in the venue – with more to come.
The Old Town Hall development is already attracting regional and national attention and a team of judges from the GM Chamber of Commerce’s Property and Construction Committee were the latest visitors.
They were assessing the project’s nomination for their ‘Building of the Year 2016’ award. The winner will be announced on October 20.
GM Chamber of Commerce judges visiting the Old Town Hall