Ster-Kinekor to close Cavendish Nouveau

2013-01-04 11:50
Cape Town - Ster-Kinekor confirmed on Friday that it will close its Cinema Nouveau movie theatres in Cavendish Square, Cape Town.

The last trading date at the Cavendish art house cinema will be 17 January.

The company 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 business decision.

"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," said Fiaz Mahomed, CEO of Ster-Kinekor.

"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. The Cinema Nouveau at Cavendish has enjoyed strong trade and has enjoyed double digit audience growth over the past year."

Cinema Nouveau commenced trading at Cavendish Square as Cavendish Nouveau on 1 September 1992 and has grown to become one of the few cinemas in Cape Town for discerning film fans to watch the latest independent, foreign, alternative and art film releases.

"Ster-Kinekor is committed to ensuring that our patrons will be as thrillingly entertained and enthralled by the offering at V&A Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront," said Mahomed.


  • reine.marais - 2013-01-04 12:24

    I am so sorry about this. There will be absolutely nowhere to go in the Deep South to watch a good movie. The closest was always Cavendish, Cinema Nouveau. I know there is Blue Route, but the movies suck. So where to now?

      tobydt - 2013-01-04 13:04

      *sigh* Waterfront.

  • samuelbowker - 2013-01-04 12:28

    The demographic of that area has changed sadly.

  • h.g.evans.1 - 2013-01-04 12:31

    What a tragedy! This is the end of an era. I saw some of the most memorable films here. The loss will be keenly felt. There is now almost nowhere left in the city to watch alternative cinema anymore.

  • lidia.theron.5 - 2013-01-04 12:48

    Sorry to hear. I hope this means they can open a Cinema Nouveaux in Tygerberg in stead.

  • tobydt - 2013-01-04 13:03

    NNNNNNNOOOOOOOO!!! Now I have to drive to waterfront to watch my art movies...

  • lydonmcg - 2013-01-04 13:10

    WTF Cavendish?

  • andy.t.mcdermott - 2013-01-04 14:02

    The real tragedy is the greed of Old Mutual and other Mall operators chasing ever increasing profits. This cinema was popular and making profits, but if you don't hit the 10% turnover clause you are history. It's always about the money.

      alison.weston.986 - 2013-01-04 19:48

      You are absolutely correct. The greed of mall landlords is staggering. The rentals demanded by them make it almost impossible for a shopowner to make a living and the customer is having to foot the bill by way of unrealistic prices. I have heard that the retailer who will be occupying the Cinema Nouveau space is none other than Pick & Pay. Sod Cavendish and sod Pick & Pay. Alison Weston

  • zip.reeper - 2013-01-09 02:30

    went the way of the old Cinerama theatre out that way. now you find crackheads driving round there in maroon Subarus.

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