Preston cinema complex to host all-nighters with round the clock open bar

Owners of the group have now applied for an alcohol lisence for drinks to be served until 3am

Beer, wine and cocktails are to be served during late night events hosted by owners of the new £40 million leisure complex in Preston.

Work to construct the luxury Arc Cinema is ongoing and the group behind the building has revealed plans for ‘all nighters’ including the sale of alcohol late into the night. A licensing application for alcohol has been submitted earlier this month for “licensable activities” within the premises.

A total of 12 of the all nighter events are proposed by the group behind the multi-million pound complex. Various events will remain open in the new development- Animate – during the week and on weekends.

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From Monday to Sunday, the licensable activities will run from 8am to 3am, with 12 ‘all nighters’ as part of the line-up. The Arc Cinema made the announcement of it’s 25 year lease at Animate, the cinema, leisure and restaurant complex due to be built on the site of the former indoor market.

Customers of the complex can expect to see a dozen of the events held throughout the year. These include music, plays, films, dance, and refreshments including alcohol served until the early hours of the morning.

For the protection of harm to children, a Challenge 25 proof scheme will be followed by staff members. Each employee involved in the selling of alcoholic refreshments will be trained before being allowed to sell.

The sale of alcohol on the premises will only be for ticketholders. The full statement on the application states: “After 3am during any of the permitted 12 all nighters alcohol sales will only be to ticket holders for the films.

“No new entry to the premises will be permitted after 2am, with the exception of customers using a dedicated smoking area. There will be no re-entry to the premises for customers of the ‘all nighter’ if they leave after 3am. Notices will be displayed to this effect on all exits.

“A Challenge 25 proof of age scheme for sales of alcohol shall be operated at the premises where the only acceptable forms of identification are (recognized photographic identification cards, such as a driving license or passport / Holographical marked PASS scheme identification cards) appropriate signage must be displayed.

“All staff involved in the sale of alcohol to undergo licensing training which will be documented and provided to police / licensing
authority on request. This training is to be refreshed every 12 months. All new staff must undergo this training before being allowed to sell alcohol.”

Those behind the scheme say the complex will create 140 jobs and boost the local economy by more than £7million while regenerating an underused site. The Arc Cinema will operate an eight screen facility on the top floor which will also contain an escape room-style attraction and a restaurant.

The development is one of six major projects planned under Preston’s Harris Quarter Towns Fund Investment Programme, for which the city was awarded £20.9m from the government’s national Towns Fund initiative in March 2021.

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Fatima AzizTrainee reporter
  • 05:45, 18 AUG 2022

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