Bond movie launches new Dorchester cinema

Julian Fellowes at  the opening featuring Skyfall

Julian Fellowes at the opening featuring Skyfall

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

FILM fans turned out for a blockbuster of an evening which marked the opening of part of a £100million development in Dorchester.

Brewery Square’s brand-new Odeon cinema threw open the doors to its three-screen cinema to show the latest James Bond adventure, Skyfall, which marks 50 years of the franchise and the hero’s 23rd adventure.

The sold-out event was one of a handful of regional screenings a day ahead of the film’s general release and hosted by charity the Wessex Autistic Society.

Fundraising and marketing manager at the Wessex Autistic Society, Debbie Anderson, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have hosted this exclusive event.

“The money raised will allow us to continue to support many people affected by autism throughout Dorset, and the neighbouring counties.”

The star-studded event was attended by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, who described the development as ‘a marvellous plus for the town’.

Lord Fellowes, who made an appearance in Bond classic, Tomorrow Never Dies, said: “What is astonishing is the speed that this part of the town has been transformed.

“It’s thrilling that there are two cinemas here, and may they both prosper.”

The evening went as planned, although an exclusive preview screening of The Sapphires had to be cancelled earlier in the week because the building was not ready.

The £3million cinema is one of the first parts of the Brewery Square development to open to the public. Italian restaurant Carluccio’s also opened on the night to welcome guests with canapés and champagne.

Andrew Wadsworth, director of Waterhouse, who developed the site, said: “It’s fantastic to see such an exceptional cinema design opening in Dorchester and we are delighted to welcome Odeon to Brewery Square.

“This is a milestone event for us.”

The 403-seat facility is now open to the general public, with other restaurants, shops and a hotel to open later this year and early in 2013.

Rupert Gavin, CEO of Odeon, said: “We are thrilled to open our doors to all cinemagoers across Dorchester, and to be part of this huge investment in the area.”

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9:36am Sun 28 Oct 12

Presstostop says...

£7.00 Skyfall at the Odeon
£2.50 Skyfall at the Plaza
£7.00 Skyfall at the Odeon £2.50 Skyfall at the Plaza Presstostop
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9:19am Mon 29 Oct 12

PortlandYoof says...

Presstostop wrote:
£7.00 Skyfall at the Odeon
£2.50 Skyfall at the Plaza
Spot on!

To be perfectly honest me and the mrs visit the plaza regularly, however I may go and see Bond at the Odeon if only to take a peek at the new facilities, and see what the place is like. Will wait for the rush to die down first though!
[quote][p][bold]Presstostop[/bold] wrote: £7.00 Skyfall at the Odeon £2.50 Skyfall at the Plaza[/p][/quote]Spot on! To be perfectly honest me and the mrs visit the plaza regularly, however I may go and see Bond at the Odeon if only to take a peek at the new facilities, and see what the place is like. Will wait for the rush to die down first though! PortlandYoof
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12:40pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Monmouthsman says...

The Plaza was full for Skyfall so went to tick the box for attending the Odeon. Ticket price seemed steep but paid the advertised extra £2.00 to upgrade to comfortable seats in prime viewing area. Afterwards realised the upgrade had in fact cost £2.50 each so annoyed about that.
Snacks and drinks were expensive. You might want a blanket in the cinema and those prime viewing area seats went right across the full width and were not that comfortable. The place was about half full for the screening of Skyfall early on Friday evening.
Definitely back to the Plaza for us next week.
The Plaza was full for Skyfall so went to tick the box for attending the Odeon. Ticket price seemed steep but paid the advertised extra £2.00 to upgrade to comfortable seats in prime viewing area. Afterwards realised the upgrade had in fact cost £2.50 each so annoyed about that. Snacks and drinks were expensive. You might want a blanket in the cinema and those prime viewing area seats went right across the full width and were not that comfortable. The place was about half full for the screening of Skyfall early on Friday evening. Definitely back to the Plaza for us next week. Monmouthsman
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2:52pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Bailey25 says...

I will definitely carry on going to the Plaza although might do the same as Portlandyoof and go to the Odeon once just to have a nose. And am I missing something ... "star studded event" ... Julian Fellows and ...???? One famous person does not constitute a star studded event!!
I will definitely carry on going to the Plaza although might do the same as Portlandyoof and go to the Odeon once just to have a nose. And am I missing something ... "star studded event" ... Julian Fellows and ...???? One famous person does not constitute a star studded event!! Bailey25
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