A NEW independent cinema is coming to the Broad Street Mall in Reading, and more details can now be revealed.

The cinema will have three screens, an events space for live music, and exhibition spaces. 

It is due to open in spring next year, according to a spokesperson.

Really Local Group, the company who will run the cinema, have only two cinemas listed on their website: one recently opened and one not yet open.

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They charge between £5 and £8 a ticket and each venue has a local focus.

The Catford Mews, in Lewisham, opened in September. As well as films, the cinema provides accessible and affordable workspaces for artists, ‘to develop a sustainable and creative community’. 

The Gramophone, in Hayes, hasn’t opened yet. But details on the company’s website say it will have three screens, a live music venue, exhibition space and community spaces. 

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Really Local Group were asked for a comment for more details about the new cinema in Reading, when it will open and how similar it will be to those in London. 

The cinema will be based in the former Argos unit, above the new Iceland, on the corner of the Oxford Road and Queens Walk. 

However, not everybody is convinced of the need of another cinema, and some people say a bowling alley or skating rink would be much better. 

On Facebook, Emma Oke said: “Another cinema! Why do we need two? A bowling alley would be much better.”

Sylwia Oleszek commented: “Build student accommodation not a cinema, we have a few around.” 

Some people thought a new cinema was a good idea, though. Louise Grover said: “Hopefully better than Vue! The town always had two cinema what’s the issue with another.”