First look inside Kingsgate Leisure cinema complex

First look inside Kingsgate Leisure cinema complex as target date for opening looms
-Credit: (Image: Kingsgate Shopping Centre)

Work on the re-development of the Kingsgate Centre in Huddersfield is in full swing as pictures show what the new cinema looks like.

The former House of Fraser store has been stripped out and is currently in the process of being transformed into a leisure complex including a six-screen cinema operated by The Light.

Work to re-develop the 90,000 sq ft three-floor space unit kicked off on Monday, March 6, of this year, with a target opening date of September 2024.

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And it looks like progress is coming along well as Kingsgate Shopping Centre shared a sneak peak inside the exciting new centre. Posting on it's official Facebook Page, the shopping centre shared a snap inside one of the cinema's soon to be screens.

The caption reads: "You've seen the outside, now here's a sneak peek inside Kingsgate Leisure. This will be Screen 5 (of 6) for The Light. Front row or back row?"

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It wasn't long before residents flooded the post with comments about the town's exciting new addition. Tony Kelly wrote: "Brilliant, It's about time we have a cinema back in town and a multi screen is great. The Odeon is ok, but not very accessible for disabled and elderly as there's no public transport to it, you have to get to Leeds Road and walk up not good really."

Ben Chapman agreed: "Odeon is ok if you want cinema only. Having this in town means people can go for a meal/drink before or after cinema. It'll be more modern etc."

Fran Wilson added: "Looking forward to it's completion!"

Kingsgate Leisure will be operated by The Light, which already runs 12 other venues across the country. The Light will offer six cinema screens and 10 bowling lanes, alongside what it describes as “a variety of other leisure activities and food offerings”.

Kirklees Council is committing £250m to the ten-year vision to reimagine the town centre and has given a £7m loan towards making the Kingsgate project a reality.

Keith Pullinger, founder of The Light, said: “We are thrilled to be opening in Huddersfield and offering the residents a great place to engage in fun activities and experience exceptional cinema.

“Our spaces are known and loved for offering somewhere to bring friends and family together, providing entertainment whatever the occasion.”