Catterick Garrison’s Empire Cinema closes after firm enters administration

Empire Cinema at Catterick Garrison. Photo: Thomas Nugent.

The Empire Cinema in Catterick Garrison has closed after the company entered administration.

The company operates at 14 locations with 129 screens across the country.

It is understood Catterick is one of several to close, with others set to continue operating while administrators try to find a buyer.

Justin Ribbons, Empire’s chief executive officer, said in a statement: “Tony Nygate, John Strowger Danny Dartnaill were appointed joint administrators of Empire Cinemas Limited on 7 July 2023 and it is with regret that we announce the closure of Empire Cinema Catterick Garrison with immediate effect.

“As a consequence of COVID-19, where we were mandated by Government to close down our cinema chain in its entirety for protracted periods in 2020 and 2021 and this left us with a high fixed cost base and no income.

“Cinema attendance levels have not yet returned to pre-COVID-19 levels and the operating environment remains extremely challenging.

“It has been a difficult economic environment for any business to manage through without long term damage and having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe that this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve as many of our cinemas and the maximum number of jobs as possible.”

The company said refunds for tickets bought online and those purchased at the Box Office using a Debit/Credit/Gift Card will be refunded automatically.

“We are extremely grateful for your support over the years,” Mr Ribbons added.

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  1. This cinema going in to administration which stands just down the road from the newly planted Catterick Garrison town centre can’t be a very good start to this project.

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