One of the North West’s largest IMAX screens to open in Blackpool

29th February 2024 | Jack Oliver

One of the largest IMAX screens in the North West is set to open at Houndshill Shopping Centre in Blackpool next month, asset manager Ellandi has announced.

Opening on 22 March, Backlot Imax Cinema will feature a 10.85 metres high and 19.87 metres wide screen, complemented by a 100-seat diner serving burgers, hotdogs and wings, as well as a range of desserts.

The Backlot has been designed to create an arts and entertainment hub for local residents and visitors, aiming to become the main place in town to host events such as corporate conferences, birthday parties, comedy nights, gaming nights, and community meet-ups.

Building on Blackpool’s long history of picture houses, the new extension of the shopping centre will aim to increase footfall and have a positive impact on the surrounding businesses.

Tim Cornford, head of asset management at Ellandi, said: “This new opening of IMAX cinema is part of the exciting regeneration plans for Blackpool. The regeneration of Blackpool town centre is a great example of public/private partnership working at its best. Our vision is to transform Blackpool’s shopping and town centre into a sustainable and thriving destination to reflect the needs and wants of residents, shoppers and visitors. The completion of phase 2 has created over 100 new jobs within the local area and it’s anticipated to contribute to an additional 1.2 million shoppers and visitors to Houndshill Shopping Centre.” 


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