Cavendish Nouveau closing earlier

2013-01-07 11:02
Cape Town - Ster Kinekor announced on Monday that the closure of the Cavendish Square Nouveau cinema in Cape Town has been brought forward.

The cinema, which was initially set to close for business on 17 January, will now close on 13 January.

Ster Kinekor announced to the media on Friday that the Cavendish Square Nouveau will be closing to make way for a new retailer.

The Cavendish commercial theatre complex upstairs and the V&A Waterfront Nouveau cinema will remain operational.

"It is with regret that we have to share this news with our valued cinema audiences who have been so supportive of Cavendish Nouveau over the years," Fiaz Mahomed, CEO of Ster-Kinekor, said on Friday.

"The closure of the theatre complex was a decision made by the mall owners who have decided to allocate the space used currently by Cinema Nouveau to an alternative retailer instead."

UPDATE: Ster Kinekor has since retraced this date change due to an "internal error". The close date of 17 January stands. Get the full story here.


  • john.retief.37 - 2013-01-07 11:16

    why is this the first article on news24? who cares!?

      john.retief.37 - 2013-01-07 12:19

      An interesting point Luzuko. For some time now there has been a debate about whether the centuries old copyright model is still valid in a digital age. Personally i'm of the opinion that it is no longer feasable, and that companies can increase revenue through other approaches (there are many such examples in software). However, my point was that a nouveau cinema will close, to be replaced by a different, probably more labour intensive store (hence negating the effect of the employees from a broader point of view). This is HARDLY national headline material!

  • sbisschoff - 2013-01-07 11:34

    This is so sad and obviously an indication that classy, thought-provoking films just arent valued by the general public. Roll on yet another Pick n Pay or whatever "copy and paste" retail store it's being replaced with.

  • Azowstik Fuyani - 2013-01-07 11:58

    Will miss watching movies at Cav :(

  • roboman1 - 2013-01-07 12:19

    and life goes on.....

  • gerrit.herbst - 2013-01-07 12:52

    It is a commercial decision by the mall owners. Thay take royalties on the sales of all ventures in their complexes. If they don't make enough money, they have to change the retailer to someone that can make them money. Remember the money they make is your pension/provident/insurance for your old age. Most malls are owned by insurance/asset management companies.

  • anna.turner.9237 - 2013-01-07 12:54

    What a shame, just to make more money....??

      charmaine.connolly.1 - 2013-01-08 06:54

      Anna this has been on the cards for a few years now even before we left Cape Town. They should have had Commericial incorporated with Noveau upstairs, then let the downstairs be retailed out. In other words, having two or three cinemas showing in the Noveau art style movies. This way then both ventures would have survived in a smaller entity. Yes very sad, many hours of work was put into this centre by Jim. Did you know there is a water stream running underneath the cinema area, it is channelled off for excess rain water and has caused plenty of flooding and damage inside the cinemas in previous years. Ask Jim - he knows!

  • sean.crookson - 2013-01-07 14:09

    I enjoyed the selection of films on show, and the venue for film festivals. Unfortunately Cinema Nouveaux has been quite badly run. Turning up for a movie only to find the seat full of popcorn and gunge was not the best welcome I've had. There have been several problems with focus and sound as well. The expensive drinks are very carelessly prepared - melted slushies and short measures were common. Speaking to the manager made not a jot of difference! It just doesn't make sense to pay the high prices and experience discomfort when there are DVD rental shops everywhere.

  • carla.paxton.96 - 2013-01-08 16:05

    I agree, went to a show there in November, had to wait around before and after, the staff clowning around in front of patrons, slapping one another, running around like children, laughing and shouting at one each other. Unprofessional as well as unsupervised.

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-01-09 15:36

    I went to watch so many great movies there. Now I will only be able to watch mindless douchebag movies upstairs. There's no place for people who enjoy artistic & Award winning films these days.

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