September 22, 2023
Parkway Cinemas coming soon to Dunmail Park in Workington

The TWO household enterprise has joined forces to carry an thrilling new cinema expertise to western Cumbria.

J Dixon & Son Ltd and Parkway Cinemas have introduced the upcoming opening of a completely renovated cinema at Dunmail Park in Workington.

The multi-million pound refurbishment is predicted to open earlier this yr.

Parkway has been working for a number of months on a whole “brick to wall” refurbishment with new seats, screens and sound all through.

The brand new cinema will supply six screens as earlier than, however with varied partitions and doorways which have been reworked to supply greater and higher screens.

There can even be a restaurant and bar, utterly new seating and personal rental areas.

Times and Star: (LR) India Ellis, Daniel Moxon, Gerrard Parkes, Richard Parkes, Donald Dixon, Natalie Dixon, William Dixon, Charlotte Dixon, Bill Dixon and Gordon Osbaldestin(LR) India Ellis, Daniel Moxon, Gerrard Parkes, Richard Parkes, Donald Dixon, Natalie Dixon, William Dixon, Charlotte Dixon, Invoice Dixon and Gordon Osbaldestin (Picture: Lucy Jenkinson)

Clients will be capable to hire the complete display screen for themselves, with area reserved for events and occasions as a part of the supply.

Invoice Dixon of Dixons stated: “We spoke to various movie show operators and one of the best supply for prime quality tools and operation got here from Parkway.

“The Covid disaster has meant lengthy delays in buying new tools, however we determined it was definitely worth the watch for one of the best tools accessible.

“We’re assured the end result will delight moviegoers with luxurious seats and extra legroom than earlier than, a lot improved projection tools, screens, catering and different facilities.

“As an area household enterprise, we’re proud to carry one of the best in leisure and purchasing to western Cumbria in our one hundred and fortieth anniversary.”

Times and Star: The Dixon family review plans as they sit in one of the cinema's private rental spaces that will be available for parties and eventsThe Dixon household examine the plans as they sit in one of many movie show’s non-public rental areas, which will likely be open for events and occasions. (Picture: Lucy Jenkinson)

Richard Parkes, director of Parkway, stated: “The situation and pitch are good for us. There’s loads of room for our food and drinks providing, together with some actually spectacular screens and nice areas to place up seats.

We had the prospect to do a full ‘brick to wall’ renovation to essentially profit from the area. All the things you see will likely be model new. We’re placing in 4k laser projection, 3D methods, superb sound, it will be superb and we won’t wait to ask everybody in.”

Parkway is now recruiting for principals and common workers.

Gerrard Parkes, director of Parkway, stated: “Our groups are an important a part of what we do. Sound, display screen and movie are the explanations individuals go to right here for the primary time, however it’s our individuals and the standard of service that retains them coming again.

“We pay greater than minimal wage, and we want to supply actual contracts moderately than zero hours, primarily as a result of it is our job and it is as much as us!”

“Individuals’s expectations of a movie show have modified over time,” stated Dan Moxon, managing director of Parkway Workington. We’re probably not competing with staying at residence and watching motion pictures on TV, it is extra about offering an awesome possibility for many who need to exit.

“Clearly the display screen, the seats and the sound must be nice, however so is the service. Nice espresso, nice drinks, nice meals. We have additionally put in non-public rental areas so you possibly can come for every little thing from a toddler’s birthday to a marriage anniversary. It is about a lot greater than motion pictures.”

Dixons was based in 1882 by Joseph Dixon when he designed and manufactured bespoke furnishings in his Whitehaven workshop.

It’s nonetheless owned by the Dixon household, with contributions from the third, fourth and fifth generations.

Since then the enterprise has grown with main unbiased shops on Lowther Road in Whitehaven and Dunmail Park in Workington.

The positioning on Maryport Highway in Workington was acquired by Dixons within the Nineteen Eighties, and later a six-screen movie show, further retailers and a quick meals retailer got here as a part of the corporate’s Millennium Venture.

The earlier cinema operator left in 2021.

Parkway Leisure Firm Ltd is a household enterprise based within the Nineteen Eighties by Gerald and Denise Parkes.

The enterprise’s founder, Gerald Parkes, handed away in Could 2013, shortly after receiving an MBE for UK Cinema Companies. Devoted to cinema, he spent his complete working life within the business and acquired the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary within the cinema business.

Parkway has grown into one of the crucial profitable unbiased cinema operations within the nation, with theaters in Cleethorpes, Louth, Barnsley and Beverley.

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