Cavendish Nouveau bids farewell

2013-01-17 10:53
Cape Town – Ster-Kinekor's Cavendish Nouveau will close its doors for business on Thursday with Oscar-nominated musical Les Misérables as its final movie screening.

The special farewell screening of Les Misérables is open to the public at standard ticket prices from the cinema or via the Ster-Kinekor website. The screening is set for Thursday evening at 20:00.

"We wanted to offer our loyal cinema-goers, who have been avid supporters of our Cinema Nouveau fare over many years, a fitting tribute as the final screening at our complex in Cavendish Square," said Lola Gallant, Brand Manager of Cinema Nouveau. "A special screening of the fabulous Les Misérables certainly fits the bill."

Special 'farewell wall'

Members of the public who would like to attend this special screening are encouraged to book as soon as possible, as seating is limited.

A special "farewell wall" has been erected at the complex on which film fans will be able to share their special memories of Cinema Nouveau.

Ster-Kinekor on 4 January confirmed plans to close down their Cinema Nouveau movie theatres in Cavendish Square, Cape Town, to make way for a new retailer at the popular shopping mall. The mall property managers Old Mutual opted not to renew the cinema's lease.

The closure of the cinema will go ahead despite petitions and protests at the venue from cinema-goers opposed to the business decision.

"Our regrets are shared with our many loyal patrons and we are very grateful for your support of Cavendish Nouveau over the years," said Gallant.

Ster-Kinekor assured movie fans that its commercial theatre complex at Cavendish Square and Nouveau cinema at the V&A Waterfront will trade as normal and are unaffected by the closure.


  • PureProteas - 2013-01-17 11:30

    something is very very wrong here, first 702 and now cinema nouveau, sounds like primedia (the owners) are targeting anything that represents art and culture, hope I'm wrong bit its looking very bleak

      pie.pine.5 - 2013-01-17 11:47

      Read the article again.... It is NOT Primedia or Ster Kinekor's decision, rather the Owners of the Mall OOld Mutual)who opted not to renew the cinema's Lease and to rather let the space to another food Retailer.

      PureProteas - 2013-01-17 12:17

      thats fine, but then why not can the commercial side as well, it stinks

      pie.pine.5 - 2013-01-17 12:35

      Two seperate leased premises within the same Mall, i.e far apart from each other. Old Mutual wanted the space back occupied by the Nouveau cinema and the lease over the commercial cinema still in tact so they can't take that space back (yet).

      gary.dalton.75286 - 2013-01-18 10:02

      @pure.....I'm with you I smell a Cavendish-rat......might the mall/Ster Kinekor be in some financial trouble...or are there just less feet at this "popular mall"? Just asking....can't seem to get a better reason other than the one that's been given...

  • mike.lindsay.7927 - 2013-01-17 12:26

    Where is the news value in this article ? Landlords in shopping centers across the country are doing this to their 'old' tenants in favour of bigger tenants or those simply willing to pay more for the floor space. Why aren't those ousted tenants (boutique clothing stores, pharmacies, music stores etc) not being reported on ? Because it's not really news-worthy ! This Cinema Noueau article is nothing more than thinly disguised advertising for the Ster-Kinekor's closing down screening, and to divert future cinema goers to the alternative cinema sites. Hmmm. Way to go News 24. What are your advertising rates ?

      michaeljosephsa - 2013-01-17 15:26

      A landmark cinema in Cape Town (and the ONLY art cinema in the southern suburbs) is closing down and many people are unhappy it. We're not talking about an Accessorize store in Somerset Mall closing down. This has been a topic of conversation for a few weeks now and for that reason alone it most definitely IS news worthy. I highly doubt News24 are receiving anything from Ster-Kinekor when the screening tonight will probably bring in less money than any pricey advertising fees would cost.

  • march54 - 2013-01-17 13:33

    Never go anywhere but Cavindish Nouveau to watch movies. So sad Old Mutual have decided not to renew lease. It is going to change the atmosphere in the immediate area in the Mall. If rumours are true and the new tenant is PnP the whole Cavindish experience will never be the same.

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