'Absolutely awful idea' - readers react to plans for new 10-screen multiplex cinema in Edinburgh

A new Empire cinema is planned in Cameron Toll.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 7:59 am
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 8:00 am

Evening News readers have reacted to the news that a new ten-screen multiplex cinema could be built in a Cameron Toll shopping centre if plans are approved.

The cinema, operated by Empire Cinemas, will be housed in the Cameron Toll Community Neighbourhood Centre, already home to a large Sainsbury's and 42 other shops.

If plans are approved, work will start next summer, with the cinema due to open before Christmas 2021.

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A CGI impression of what the new cinema will look like. Picture: Cameron Toll.

But many Evening News readers were unimpressed by the plans.

"Absolutely awful idea... the traffic is gonna be horrendous and do they realise there is a kids school within that car park it is already a very busy car park and would only get a lot worse and certainly not safe," wrote Debra Daykin on Facebook.

Many readers were concerned about car parking facilities in the area.

"Hope the parking is not being reduced! Need to sort traffic in this area," wrote Alexa Munro.

"Presumably this will be built in the car park thus reducing the number of parking spaces. Which doesn’t sound ideal," added Elaine Hutton.

"Don’t think they thought it out most of the shoppers coming there arrive by car," said Michael Barr.

Other readers pointed out that the Capital already has a large number of cinemas on offer.

"No more cinemas I’ve got plenty thank you," wrote James Rivals, while Kimmi Mouat asked: "How many cinemas does Edinburgh need?"

Some readers were positive about the development, with Jane Wilson writing: "Fantastic for the area ! Can’t wait!"

"What about another great cinema complex, new, modern and exciting improving the area and competition with other cinemas in the area that will try and compete by pushing down prices to attract customers?" added Chris Findlay.