Ster-Kinekor has announced that its Nouveau cinema complex, located on the lower level at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, will be closed. The Nouveau offering will be relocated to its flagship commercial complex at the centre, to optimise the overall cinema experience for its customers. The current Gateway Nouveau complex will screen its final films on Thursday, 23 March. At the Ster-Kinekor Gateway Commercial complex, the four new Nouveau cinemas will occupy the current Cinemas 12, 13, 14 and 15, and will open their doors for customers on 07 April.
Says Wanda Matandela, CEO of Ster-Kinekor Theatres: “Our 18-cinema, state-of-the-art complex at Gateway is our flagship site. It is one of the chain’s most popular complexes, with its two luxurious Cine Prestige cinemas and stylish VIP Lounge, the mega-screen IMAX® theatre, our only cinema fitted with the amazing all-around sound of Dolby Atmos® and the exclusive SK Club lounge. To complete this ‘everything under one roof’ offering, it made perfect sense to add our Nouveau offering to the mix.
“Gateway continues to perform as one of our most popular venues for movie-goers in Durban and uMhlanga, plus the thousands of holiday-makers who flock to this popular city throughout the year. “
During the refurbishment process to rebrand the existing four cinemas into Nouveau cinemas, a selection of the popular art-house films that audiences have come to enjoy will continue to be screened at some of the other Gateway cinemas. When the Nouveau cinemas open, its customers will also have access to the exclusive Cine Prestige VIP Lounge, to relax and enjoy delicious platters or a cup of coffee and slice of cake either before or after the movie.
And, those customers who enjoy the spectacular ‘live cinema’ theatre, opera, ballet and art exhibition productions from stages around the world, will not be disappointed. One of the Ster-Kinekor Gateway cinemas will continue to screen these as per the release schedules.
“We are also excited to announce that our Gateway site will undergo a major refurbishment during June. Once the renovations are completed, our customers can look forward to an exciting new cinema journey, from the new-look foyer and booking process to new carpets, tiling and cinema seating – and, all contributing to a magical time at the movies.
As South Africa’s leading cinema chain, Ster-Kinekor continues to focus its efforts on providing a superior cinema experience, as it grows its cinema audiences across the country.
“Cinema is a growing business for us in South Africa, and our circuit continues to deliver great attendances. With a number of big blockbuster titles set to release this year, and genres to suit all tastes playing out on our 480 large-scale screens daily, we will continue to enthral, delight and entertain our audiences,” states Matandela.