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Eltham’s new Vue cinema on the High Street reaches home straight

Eltham High Street in busier days

Eltham’s forthcoming Vue cinema is now seeing the last weeks of construction as signs are applied to the exterior and last minute snagging is undertaken.

The target date is late April for opening though Vue will be hoping for no repeat of the Bromley delay which lasted almost a year. That was part of a far bigger development however so shouldn’t be replicated.

Once open local restaurant Rixos will take the roof bar space whilst Nandos and Pizza Express open new branches at street level.

Ticket prices will be £7.99 as at Bromley. The chain often adopts a blanket price policy – though out of London it’s £4.99 across the board in most places.

The protruding sky bar will divide opinion. It’s a strong architectural statement yet I can’t help but feel that cost increases have seen some “value-engineering” resulting in quite cheap looking materials and detailing.

The end of building works will also be welcomed by users of the street once full width of the public realm is established.

I notice the News Shopper is covering this today as well (I’d taken pics yesterday in anticipation of writing this up so not copying!). What struck me is how they almost never have photos taken by themselves of areas they cover. Despite receiving tens of thousands of support through public funds the owners have been criticised for cutting back staffing heavily with few reporters covering vast areas, and often from miles away.

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  1. Jo

    The Shopper is a shell of what it was. The photographers were probably sacked along with most staff leaving one poor person to try and cover huge ground leaving little time for proper research. The Mercuty good as dead too. It’s just local blogs now keeping journalism alive.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Ben

    Out of interest, what public funds do the news shopper receive?

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