Mulberry Place leisure and retail development (Site 1)

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Daventry Town Centre Vision Site 1: Cinema development

The Council is working with Willmott Dixon, Marchini Curran Associates and The Arc Cinema on the development of a new four-screen cinema complex, restaurants and a public square with decorative fountains in Daventry town centre.

The £12.5m Mulberry Place development is being built on the former site of Daventry Library, which was moved to modern new premises within the nearby Abbey building in St John’s Square. 

The cinema will be operated by The Arc Cinema and will offer luxury electric recliner seating, cutting-edge screening technology and all the latest blockbusters when it opens its doors in Spring 2022.

The Council is also working towards signing up tenants for the two restaurants that form part of the development. 

You can view the site plan for the project below (please click on the image to download the cinema plan in pdf format).

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Cinema fit-out plans

The Arc Cinema has taken possession of the cinema building from the Council's main contractor Willmott Dixon, so they can complete the internal fit-out ahead of the anticipated opening in December 2021.

That work includes the installation of four digital laser projectors and screens, state-of-the-art immersive surround sound systems, luxury leather recliner seats, a cafe and bar.

You can view the designs in the video below:

Project background

The Council approved the development of the site north of Daventry High Street, known as Town Centre Vision Site 1, in May 2018.

It was determined that the Council would build the cinema itself, rather than extend its development agreement for the site with Henry Boot Developments Ltd (HBDL), which has been unable to bring forward the larger Mulberry Place shopping centre and cinema development due to the scheme’s financial viability. 

Residents, businesses and community groups were asked for their views on the proposals during an extensive consultation process. You can download the cinema proposal consultation document here