New Lincoln cinema begins to take shape

The skeleton of a new boutique cinema and rooftop restaurant is beginning to form as development continues on the Lincolnshire Co-op’s £70 million regeneration of the Cornhill Quarter.

As previously reported, it will be the first Everyman cinema in the city and provide competition for Lincoln’s other major cinema, the Odeon.

It is part of phase three of the development which includes Everyman cinema and The Botanist cocktail bar.

Demolition work began in January in preparation for the building of the new cinema. Protective screens supported by a crane and water spray to lay the dust were features of the demolition previously seen in the area.

The swanky cinema will offer seating, a private screening lounge available to hire and a bar selling wine and hand-rolled pizzas.

An example of the Everyman Cinema design.

Everyman is known for its comfy interiors.

It doesn’t usually come cheap though. The Lincolnite found Everyman cinemas were charging around £15 on average for a standard adult ticket – leaving those hoping the competition would drive prices down in the notoriously pricey cinema city keeping fingers crossed.

Shops, national restaurant chains and other leisure and financial services are expected to move into the new building, which is anticipated to open by Spring 2020.

Masterplan – Exchange Square. Photo: Cornhill Quarter website

Women’s clothing brand Seasalt and coffee chain 200 Degrees opened in March 2019 in phase two of the redevelopment.

Phase two is delivering a 23,000 sq ft of retail space along Sincil Street, as well as a bright, attractive walkway through to the multi-storey car park.

Popular cocktail bar chain The Botanist, which is coming to the Cornhill in early 2020, will be over ground and first floors. It will be located in the third phase of the development, which sits opposite to the completed Corn Exchange building.

Between this building and the Corn Exchange will be Exchange Square, providing a new public space for the city, as well as outdoor seating for the Botanist.