Worthing’s historic Dome Cinema is set to expand, with construction of a third screen now underway. The auditorium, situated in what used to be the Tourist Information Centre, will feature comfortable armchairstyle seats along with a number of two-seater sofas, and will seat between 40 and 50 audience members at a time.
Having been involved with the Dome for over 20 years, PDJ Cinemas, who run a number of cinemas across the country including the Premiere multiplexes in Cardiff and Romford as well as the listed Majestic Cinema in King’s Lynn, purchased the freehold of the building in 2016. While initial concerns were raised
that the historical building would be redeveloped, as has happened with many other historic cinemas across the country, PDJ Cinemas have been working to safeguard the history – and future – of one of Worthing’s best loved tourist attractions. Since the council relocated the Tourist Information Centre out of the complex, PDJ Cinemas have been working with the relevant authorities to ensure that all works do not damage the Grade 2* listed building.
Dome Manager / Technical Site Manager Ross McLaughlin commented, “We are thrilled by the opportunities that an extra screen affords us, as we are already one of the best performing two-screen sites in at least the country, and probably also further afield – a fact we are immensely proud of as a fully independent business that receives no subsidy from the council. This new screen will allow us to bring more films to the town and hold popular films for longer. A third screen is just the first in a line of exciting developments that we hope to bring to the town. This is an investment in the future of the Dome as the jewel in Worthing’s entertainment crown.
“We are keenly aware of the Dome’s history, and look to honour that history while future-proofing it for generations to come. We look forward to welcoming more of Worthing and the surrounding areas through our doors, and giving them a classic experience with modern technology.” Company director Paul Jervis stated, “The Dome is not just a business but a passion and it is an honour for us to be the current custodians. All works will be carried out in a sympathetic manner and reflect the beauty of The Dome. It is our intention to make it the ‘stand out’ cinema in the UK and enforce its iconic stature within Worthing.”
While an opening date for Screen 3 is still to be confirmed, the management team has stated that the work should be completed before the release of Avengers: Infinity War at the end of April.