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Bluewater cinema screen expansion in time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

PUBLISHED: 12:31 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 12 December 2017

Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater announces the opening of four new state-of-the-art screens, including a XPlus with a giant screen measuring almost 64 feet wide and 27 feet high.
Picture: Andy Jones/Splendid Communications

Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater announces the opening of four new state-of-the-art screens, including a XPlus with a giant screen measuring almost 64 feet wide and 27 feet high. Picture: Andy Jones/Splendid Communications

Andy Jones/Splendid Communications

Star Wars fans can watch the highly-anticipated Episode VIII in high definition as four new screens are unveiled at the Bluewater cinema.

Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater announces the opening of four new state-of-the-art screens, including a XPlus with a giant screen measuring almost 64 feet wide and 27 feet high.
Picture: Andy Jones/Splendid CommunicationsShowcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater announces the opening of four new state-of-the-art screens, including a XPlus with a giant screen measuring almost 64 feet wide and 27 feet high. Picture: Andy Jones/Splendid Communications

The Showcase Cinema opens the four screens today (Monday, December 11), in time for the UK release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Thursday.

One is fitted with a giant wall-to-wall “Xplus” screen, 64ft wide and 27ft high, and all screens use advanced laser projection technology.

The rooms are also fitted with a Dolby Atmos surround sound system, making Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater the only cinema in the South East to offer this in so many screens.

Each screen also offers plush, fully customisable recliner seats enabling guests to lie back and relax while watching the latest blockbusters.

Mark Barlow, general manager of Showcase Cinemas UK, says: “We aim to give all our guests the best possible experience when visiting our cinemas.

“This is especially true of our flagship Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater, which was refurbished in 2014 and already offers an IMAX screen, VIP Gallery service and a Lounge Bar.

“This expansion offers our guests even more film choice – in supreme comfort and with simply the best audio and visual technology – helping us continue to lead the market in offering a customisable cinema experience unsurpassed anywhere else.”

The Last Jedi follows on from 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in which a defecting Storm Trooper Finn (John Boyega) pairs up with tough scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) to take on the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

The JJ Abrams directed film has grossed more than £306million dollars to date and sky-rocketed the acting careers of Londoner’s Boyega and Ridley.

To keep up with the demand for the film, more screenings have been added across all the cinema’s offerings, in 2D, 3D, IMAX and XPlus.

Will Finn and Rey prevail against Kylo Ren? Or will the First Order overpower the nascent Resistance? And who is Supreme Leader Snoke?

There is only one way to find out the answer to these questions and more!

Tickets to Star Wars are on sale now: www.showcasecinemas.co.uk

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