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.”