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MGM Cinemas 1991-1995
• When developers Brent Walker took over the marina development in 1985, plans to add shopping and leisure facilities to the harbour included a 10-screen multiplex to be run by American Multi-Cinema (AMC), which had recently opened the UK's first multiplex, The Point, at Milton Keynes. AMC expected to open in time for Christmas 1989 but the scheme was taken over by the Canadian company Cineplex Odeon in March 1988, which in turn is absorbed into fast-growing Cannon Cinemas in April 1990. Through its acquisition of the ABC cinema in the UK, Cannon owns the former Savoy in East Street, Brighton. However, Cannon over-extends itself and is soon acquired by MGM Cinemas/Pathé Communications (owned by state-owned French bank Crédit Lyonnaise). The Brighton multiplex is to be part of MGM's Gallery circuit.
1991 May 3 Eight-screen multiplex opens as an MGM Cinemas, part of (by 1993) the largest UK cinema chain with 426 screens. Number of seats per auditorium: 1and 2: 357, 3 and 4: 257, 5 and 6: 229, 7: 208, 8: 209.
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