One of Derby’s Showcase multiplex cinemas has been forced to close, the company has confirmed.
Signage and branding have been removed from the building which has been operating as a multiplex cinema since the late 80s, welcoming countless thousands of film fans over the decades.
Built on the site of the former Sherwood Forester Regimental Barracks and boasting 11 screens, it was one of the very first multiplex cinemas to open in the UK and ushered in a renaissance in cinema going in Derby.
It leaves a huge gap at the Foresters Leisure Park which saw its Pizza Hut restaurant close just a couple of weeks ago.
The Showcase Cinema de Lux at the Derby Centre, formerly Intu Derby, is expected to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
Showcase Cinemas UK general manager Mark Barlow said: “Showcase Cinema Derby Foresters Park permanently closed on September 17.
“However we remain committed to the city and Showcase Cinema de Lux, Derby Centre will reopen as soon as Government restrictions are lifted and we are able to – as will all our other cinemas in the UK.”
All branding and signage have now been removed from the Foresters Park building and it is unclear what will become of the property.
Showcase joins a number of big-name brands to shut down their operations in Derby.
As well as Pizza Hut confirming the closure of its two eat-in restaurants in the city last week and a number of shops and eateries have been forced to close for good over the last year due to the impact of the pandemic.
These include Accessorize at the Derby Centre; Birds Bakery branches in Iron Gate and Normanton; Gap, in Albion Street; Greggs, in St Peter’s Street; Hotter Shoes at the Derby Centre; Monsoon at the Derby Centre; Office at the Derby Centre, and florist Scenta Flora, in Sadler Gate.