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Founder Chris Holmes tells PAUL CHARITY about two major projects: one at Nottingham's Broadway cinema, the other, the creation of a visitors' centre...

Founder Chris Holmes tells PAUL CHARITY about two major projects: one at Nottingham's Broadway cinema, the other, the creation of a visitors' centre The public's appetite for the cinema has seen a huge resurgence in the past decade. The Broadway, on the edge of Nottingham's Lace Market area, has benefited from this interest in cinema by focusing on independent, art house movies. Five years ago, Chris Holmes' Tynemill pub company successfully tendered to operate the food and drink operation at the Broadway. Partly thanks to Tynemill's quality food and drink offering, the Broadway has turned itself into an all-day attraction. "There's a terrific lunchtime and all-day trade," says Holmes. "We suspect that 75% of the spend in our bar and restaurant is non cinema-based." It is attention to detail that has turned the Broadway into such a popular place for cinema-goers and many others beside. "Unlike at a multiplex, where you might begetting coffee out of a push-button machine at a massively inflated price, we've got people serving proper tea and coffee using, for example, proper tea pots." The Broadway is a charitable institution with a board of trustees. It receives a certain amount of Arts Council funding each year. But it is no lottery-funded white elephant. "It does have to work financially." A development scheme scheduled for the Broadway will see more screens added to the existing complex with an extra storey on the top. It's an 11-month building project and Tynemill will increase the size of its ground floor and first floor bar and restaurant, and also open a new bar on the additional floor. The company's financial contribution to the scheme is helping to leverage extra external funding. "Us putting money in attracts more match-funding, which helps everyone," explains Holmes. Opening at the Broadway was a gamble for Tynemill, exactly like every other new opening. "Until you actually open the doors to trade, you don't know what's going to happen," says Holmes. "Often, with a new opening, it can be quite quiet to begin with. But if you have confidence in what you are doing, you have to stick with it. I think there are probably quite a lot of people out there who had great ideas and then either didn't have enough capital or confidence ­ and they've compromised what they want to do. "Next thing, there's a happy hour on that lasts for five hours. Every pub opening is an act of faith. You have a hunch and you think you might get away with it, but inevitably you don't know (for sure) and some places are more successful than others." The other notable development Tynemill is currently involved in is the creation of a visitors'centre that will link its Vat & Fiddle pub with its Castle Rock brewery. Building work will involve a new toilet block and kitchen, and the insertion of big glass walls to give a view of the brewery. "The work will be done in a series of jobs ­ we can't hit the whole thing at once," says Holmes. "There has to be minimum disruption because the pub has to stay open during the building work. When it's finished it willbe the sort of thing you see abroad in places like New York and San Francisco. "I can't think of another project apart from the one in Peterborough ­ ours won't be quite as big as that one." With both the Broadway and Vat & Fiddle schemes, Holmes has one eye on the increasing number of residential developments in central Nottingham. The end result will be, it is hoped, a sizeable community creating a city centre much more in the style of a continental city centre. "It will mean lots and lots of people livingnear the centre of the city," he says. "Thesepeople will not want to drink in some 6,000sq ftbarn with wet T-shirts and music played at 110 decibels.

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