Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pounds 37m Complex Ready to Open ; FORMER MAGISTRATES COURT TURNED INTO UNIQUE CINEMA IN REVAMP OF OLD TOWN HALL

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pounds 37m Complex Ready to Open ; FORMER MAGISTRATES COURT TURNED INTO UNIQUE CINEMA IN REVAMP OF OLD TOWN HALL

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A HUGH Pounds 37m redevelopment of Oldham's landmark old town hall will open on Friday after three years' of work.

The Odeon cinema and a Costa Coffee will be the first to take up residence - to be followed by the likes of Nando's and Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

The Grade II-listed property, which was named in Britain's top ten most endangered buildings in 2009, has been empty since 1995.

The magistrates' court room has been converted into a cinema, retaining its original features. Council leader Jean Stretton said: "It is unique, there isn't a cinema like it in the country."

The council has contributed Pounds 26.3m towards the project, but Coun Stretton said the investment was a 'no-brainer.' She said: "It is already having an impact because we have 230 new jobs and 80 per cent of those people live in Oldham and it will contribute more than Pounds 5m a year into Oldham's economy. …

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