Cinema due to open at Dorchester's Brewery Square

DEVELOPERS have announced the opening date for the new cinema at Dorchester’s Brewery Square, despite part of the £100million scheme facing delays.

Weather has meant the main square will now open next March, having originally been pencilled in for an autumn opening.

However, the new Odeon Cinema and Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in Dray Horse Yard off Weymouth Avenue will open on October 26.

For the full story see Friday's Dorset Echo.

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4:34pm Thu 13 Sep 12

shelleyac says...

Plaza till i die!!
Plaza till i die!! shelleyac

5:24pm Thu 13 Sep 12

Presstostop says...

And me.
And me. Presstostop

6:20pm Thu 13 Sep 12

bigrye says...

Is there really a need for a big chain cinema in this town? I mean we already have one in weymouth and also one in poole, Plaza is good enough for and has a far better atmosphere than any of it's bigger rivals and offers much greater value for money than it's rivals!!
Is there really a need for a big chain cinema in this town? I mean we already have one in weymouth and also one in poole, Plaza is good enough for and has a far better atmosphere than any of it's bigger rivals and offers much greater value for money than it's rivals!! bigrye

7:21pm Thu 13 Sep 12

Dorset Boy says...

I'll stay with the Plaza thankyou. Iy was good enough in the days when the Godwins ran it, and it's still good enough now
I'll stay with the Plaza thankyou. Iy was good enough in the days when the Godwins ran it, and it's still good enough now Dorset Boy

7:21pm Thu 13 Sep 12

Dorset Boy says...

I'll stay with the Plaza thankyou. It was good enough in the days when the Godwins ran it, and it's still good enough now
I'll stay with the Plaza thankyou. It was good enough in the days when the Godwins ran it, and it's still good enough now Dorset Boy

9:06pm Thu 13 Sep 12

conthedon says...

Would be a shame to see the Plaza forced out of business. Money has been spent there this year and yet its still only £2.50 for most films, friendly staff too.

I'll be sticking with them.
Would be a shame to see the Plaza forced out of business. Money has been spent there this year and yet its still only £2.50 for most films, friendly staff too. I'll be sticking with them. conthedon

9:11pm Thu 13 Sep 12

pd7 says...

I am with the plaza , love the place
spooky movies at the plaza super
I am with the plaza , love the place spooky movies at the plaza super pd7

7:16am Fri 14 Sep 12

nanna2012 says...

i love the plazza its got great staff they know us in there its cheeper than the other cinamas and its right in town so perpect location why cant they turn the cinama in the new place into a bingo hall that would be good yea yea i know theres a bingo hall in weymouth we allso need primark and moor kids and baby clothes shops and mens clothes shops that arnt too expencive so give us primark that would solve the family clothing problem out
i love the plazza its got great staff they know us in there its cheeper than the other cinamas and its right in town so perpect location why cant they turn the cinama in the new place into a bingo hall that would be good yea yea i know theres a bingo hall in weymouth we allso need primark and moor kids and baby clothes shops and mens clothes shops that arnt too expencive so give us primark that would solve the family clothing problem out nanna2012

7:17am Fri 14 Sep 12

nanna2012 says...

i love the plazza its got great staff they know us in there its cheeper than the other cinamas and its right in town so perpect location why cant they turn the cinama in the new place into a bingo hall that would be good yea yea i know theres a bingo hall in weymouth we allso need primark and moor kids and baby clothes shops and mens clothes shops that arnt too expencive so give us primark that would solve the family clothing problem out
i love the plazza its got great staff they know us in there its cheeper than the other cinamas and its right in town so perpect location why cant they turn the cinama in the new place into a bingo hall that would be good yea yea i know theres a bingo hall in weymouth we allso need primark and moor kids and baby clothes shops and mens clothes shops that arnt too expencive so give us primark that would solve the family clothing problem out nanna2012

11:48am Fri 14 Sep 12

Taxpayinglocal says...

no not odeon, why cant it be VUE cinemas they are the best, ive been to the plaza twice in my life, no offence but they dont do nachos and cheese, a classic cinema food, and the damp smell and coldness is not very nice also. Someone mentioned above money had been spent on the Plaza, so im not sure if i visited after or before the money spent.
no not odeon, why cant it be VUE cinemas they are the best, ive been to the plaza twice in my life, no offence but they dont do nachos and cheese, a classic cinema food, and the damp smell and coldness is not very nice also. Someone mentioned above money had been spent on the Plaza, so im not sure if i visited after or before the money spent. Taxpayinglocal

7:19pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Tinytone says...

Oh yeah we all grew up in this country eating nachos and cheese when going to the cinema.
Oh yeah we all grew up in this country eating nachos and cheese when going to the cinema. Tinytone

10:33am Sat 15 Sep 12

JamesYoung says...

The plaza isn't damp and cold. As others have said they have invested a lot of money in the last year or so. And they hold special screenings for people with autism etc, so as far as I am concerned they've earned their place in the community.
The plaza isn't damp and cold. As others have said they have invested a lot of money in the last year or so. And they hold special screenings for people with autism etc, so as far as I am concerned they've earned their place in the community. JamesYoung

4:51pm Sat 15 Sep 12

marabout says...

Tinytone wrote:
Oh yeah we all grew up in this country eating nachos and cheese when going to the cinema.
I did. They have served Nachos with cheese at Tower park and at the cinema in Weymouth for many years.
[quote][p][bold]Tinytone[/bold] wrote: Oh yeah we all grew up in this country eating nachos and cheese when going to the cinema.[/p][/quote]I did. They have served Nachos with cheese at Tower park and at the cinema in Weymouth for many years. marabout

6:52pm Sat 15 Sep 12

conthedon says...

To follow up James Young's comments . I help to run a sports and social group for the Dorset Mental Health Forum which helps people recovering from mental health problems improve their confidence , self esteem etc. We run our cinema sessions at the Plaza and they've always been very helpful.
Perhaps that's why I'm a bit bias but I really hope they survive.
To follow up James Young's comments . I help to run a sports and social group for the Dorset Mental Health Forum which helps people recovering from mental health problems improve their confidence , self esteem etc. We run our cinema sessions at the Plaza and they've always been very helpful. Perhaps that's why I'm a bit bias but I really hope they survive. conthedon

9:36pm Sat 15 Sep 12

banknote says...

Plaza for me, lovely staff and good films.
Plaza for me, lovely staff and good films. banknote

1:02pm Sun 16 Sep 12

markerpen says...

Plaza for me too..the staff care and have an interest in the customers.

Most modern chain venues have no interest in customers, just the buck in you pocket extracted with as least cost to them as possible.
Plaza for me too..the staff care and have an interest in the customers. Most modern chain venues have no interest in customers, just the buck in you pocket extracted with as least cost to them as possible. markerpen

8:55pm Sun 16 Sep 12

3rdAccount says...

It will be a real shame if the Dorchester Plaza eventually closes as a result from this.
Weymouth & Tower Park are nearly £5 per ticket, Dorchester Plaza is only £2.50 (plus the food is cheaper). The staff are also more friendly / helpful and a much better atmosphere.
I expect what will happen is the new cinema will start off very cheap with loads of special offers to lure everyone in. They will continue this until the Plaza is forced out of business. The new cinema will then put their prices up to match Weymouth and Tower Park - I really hope this does not happen although I have my suspicions……
It will be a real shame if the Dorchester Plaza eventually closes as a result from this. Weymouth & Tower Park are nearly £5 per ticket, Dorchester Plaza is only £2.50 (plus the food is cheaper). The staff are also more friendly / helpful and a much better atmosphere. I expect what will happen is the new cinema will start off very cheap with loads of special offers to lure everyone in. They will continue this until the Plaza is forced out of business. The new cinema will then put their prices up to match Weymouth and Tower Park - I really hope this does not happen although I have my suspicions…… 3rdAccount

11:04pm Sun 16 Sep 12

it's me says...

It may be I'm old but when I go to the cinema I go to watch the film not dine on nachos and cheese. But I am a bit annoyed when I go to Dominos or Macdonalds or KFC they're not showing the latest film. I am behind the Plaza all the way good enough for all these years good enough now. What Dorchester could benefit from is a concert venue to try and get big name bands/artists and touring productions to the town.
It may be I'm old but when I go to the cinema I go to watch the film not dine on nachos and cheese. But I am a bit annoyed when I go to Dominos or Macdonalds or KFC they're not showing the latest film. I am behind the Plaza all the way good enough for all these years good enough now. What Dorchester could benefit from is a concert venue to try and get big name bands/artists and touring productions to the town. it's me

7:20pm Mon 17 Sep 12

marabout says...

it's me wrote:
It may be I'm old but when I go to the cinema I go to watch the film not dine on nachos and cheese. But I am a bit annoyed when I go to Dominos or Macdonalds or KFC they're not showing the latest film. I am behind the Plaza all the way good enough for all these years good enough now. What Dorchester could benefit from is a concert venue to try and get big name bands/artists and touring productions to the town.
Great idea but sadly not the required footprint. To get Big name bands in this area you would need a stadium of at least 20,000.


I hope the plaza survives but it will only survive if we all go there. If we don't go then it will fail.
[quote][p][bold]it's me[/bold] wrote: It may be I'm old but when I go to the cinema I go to watch the film not dine on nachos and cheese. But I am a bit annoyed when I go to Dominos or Macdonalds or KFC they're not showing the latest film. I am behind the Plaza all the way good enough for all these years good enough now. What Dorchester could benefit from is a concert venue to try and get big name bands/artists and touring productions to the town.[/p][/quote]Great idea but sadly not the required footprint. To get Big name bands in this area you would need a stadium of at least 20,000. I hope the plaza survives but it will only survive if we all go there. If we don't go then it will fail. marabout

10:22am Thu 20 Sep 12

misshls says...

And an Italian restaurant chain? Dorchester has two great Italian restaurants already! OK, Dorchester does need to move forward, but why not shops/restaurants that we don't already have. Shame, and long live the Plaza!
And an Italian restaurant chain? Dorchester has two great Italian restaurants already! OK, Dorchester does need to move forward, but why not shops/restaurants that we don't already have. Shame, and long live the Plaza! misshls

11:02am Thu 20 Sep 12

brighterbognor says...

Thank you to everyone for the very positive comments. We are of course worried about the impact of the odeon on the plaza but hope that we can count on our loyal customers continuing to support us.
Thanks again.

Adam and Chris
Thank you to everyone for the very positive comments. We are of course worried about the impact of the odeon on the plaza but hope that we can count on our loyal customers continuing to support us. Thanks again. Adam and Chris brighterbognor

11:03am Thu 20 Sep 12

spitandsawdust says...

I take a very hard line and refuse to go to any multiplex cinema. As for Vue, they don't own a single traditional cinema and Odeon are flogging off all their 1930s gems. They have no regard for cinema heritage at all. So many of the special 1930s picture palaces have been flattened by developers and we are poorer now this special architecture is lost. I like the Plaza – a town centre cinema which has been there since 1933. I can only say that there are precedents where this has all happened before and a long established town centre cinema has been forced to close. If the worst ever does happen, and heaven forbid that it does, Dorchester will be a poorer place. Proud I will never once set foot in that new fake cinema.
I take a very hard line and refuse to go to any multiplex cinema. As for Vue, they don't own a single traditional cinema and Odeon are flogging off all their 1930s gems. They have no regard for cinema heritage at all. So many of the special 1930s picture palaces have been flattened by developers and we are poorer now this special architecture is lost. I like the Plaza – a town centre cinema which has been there since 1933. I can only say that there are precedents where this has all happened before and a long established town centre cinema has been forced to close. If the worst ever does happen, and heaven forbid that it does, Dorchester will be a poorer place. Proud I will never once set foot in that new fake cinema. spitandsawdust

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