Woking’s brand-new, Nova Cinema reveals a full refurbishment, an out-of-this-world rebrand, plus a series of exciting events and bespoke programming, all launching from 15th October 2020.
Thanks to a joint investment from Woking Borough Council and venue owners, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), Nova Cinema is about to become the town centre’s brightest new star, boasting some of the best technology on offer within commercial cinema, and an unrivalled food and drink offer.
The new Nova Cinema now has seven stylish screens, including the flagship Screen One with state-of-the-art laser projection and Dolby Atmos sound, and the more intimate, premium Screen Seven where you can find luxurious electric reclining chairs and order tasty treats from your seat. The refurbishment also introduces a cutting-edge media suite for community and business hire, plus, the opportunity to book cinema screens for private functions.
An all new food and drink offering includes the refreshments bar in the main foyer and the addition of the luxury Nova Bar upstairs, which offers table service and a specially crafted menu of wines, beers and spirits with many products sourced from local businesses. An array of staple cinema snacks will be available from both, including popcorn, nachos and sweets, as well as ‘create your own’ gourmet hot dogs and vegan dogs.
Nova Cinema is completely COVID-safe and the team will be going above and beyond government requirements in order to make sure this is the safest place you can be, apart from your own home. Extra time has been added between screenings to allow for a thorough clean and all auditoriums will be treated with electro-static sanitising agents. A fully fresh air supply from brand new air handling units will circulate throughout all areas of the building. For further details, please see the website: novacinema.com/your-visit
On Thursday 15 October, the new venue throws open its doors with a full programme of films on offer, including the perfect mix of the latest releases including Bill & Ted Face the Music, 23 Walks, La Haine, Sonic and Pinocchio to name a few, as well as several specially curated seasons.
Nova Cinema will be inviting the people of Woking to vote for a different film each week with its new Movie Pick ‘n’ Mix programme.
In collaboration with Woking Borough Council’s #WeAreWoking campaign, the new social media initiative, will showcase a different genre each week from Action & Adventure, Horror, Rom-com, Sci-Fi, Period Drama and more.
The film will be selected from choice of four genre staples (along with some curveballs) announced each week by a poll on https://www.facebook.com/NovaWoking, and the extra special screenings will have lots of interactive welcome treats, including special prizes up for grabs in a bespoke post-film quiz… you couldn’t planet any better!
A season of What You Missed will serve up a selection of the best films from the last 12 months during the renovation period, curated by Nova Cinema’s Chief Projectionist Gary Green and starting with the Oscar-winning, Parasite.
Also chosen by Gary is the cinema’s Super Nova feature, which will screen a modern cinematic masterpiece each week, many shot in 3D or with Dolby Atmos sound to showcase the incredible technology the venue’s flagship Screen One has on offer, kicking off with Gravity 3D, followed by the spectacular Mad Max: Fury Road.
Offering something for everyone, the venue’s regular programme contains screenings designed for specific audiences in mind. Nova Kids will host family-friendly films at family-friendly prices every Saturday and Sunday, including a very special Halloween event on Saturday 31 October and getting the show on the road in opening week with Trolls World Tour.
Thursday mornings will see specially crafted parent and baby showings, Nova Tots and Silver Nova will offer afternoon screenings for more mature audiences beginning with Emma and Hope Gap respectively.
Nova Live will present world-class productions from the likes of National Theatre Live and Royal Opera House, hitting the ground running with Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Back Together and a series of Relaxed Screenings will also be available for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment starting with Onward in the opening week. Brand new captioned, subtitled and audio described technology is available in all screens.
Simon Thomsett, Nova Cinema’s Venue Director, says “We are so proud to announce that the countdown is finally over, and the time has come to welcome in the people of Woking and beyond.
“We have got some incredible events coming up in our launch programme that we have curated to cater for everyone. With tickets now on sale through our new website, we cannot wait for you to experience it all for yourself – it’s going to be a stellar opening season!”
This is a magical moment for film-lovers in Woking, and for the town as a whole. The refurbishment of the ATG run venue is a significant step in Woking’s regeneration, and the launch collaborates with Woking Borough Council’s initiative to revitalise the town centre.
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