Uckfield Picture House Restaurant reopened with a new look last night – new colour scheme, furniture, flooring and with more work completed behind the scenes in the kitchen.
The restaurant closed four weeks ago and reopened bang on target. At the same time a new website has been launched to streamline the process of booking cinema tickets and restaurant tables and offering meal deals.
Kevin Markwick said when he and his wife Tansy took over the restaurant four years ago they didn’t know whether it would work. In fact it has worked so well they needed to take it to the next level.
“The restaurant is now more comfortable, has been modernised, freshened up, has new banquette seating, new flooring, and air conditioning.”
Screens have been added upstairs to give privacy between tables, improve acoustics and take away a “canteen feel” to the space.
Out of sight the kitchen has been decorated and updated too with a new walk-in fridge-freezer – all to ensure the restaurant maintains its level five hygiene rating.
The restaurant’s film theme remains intact with Kevin’s collection of posters given some tlc and rearranged.
The Picture House Cinema and Restaurant is now a £2.4 million a year business employing 50 people and Kevin is looking for other sites for cinemas to enable expansion outside Uckfield.
“This is a good time for cinemas,” he said. “The UK industry is showing the way for the rest of the world. It is an expanding market and the way to do it is to make cinemas more than a place showing films, offering a whole night out with the opportunity to have a drink and a meal.”
Live screening from stages around the globe has taken off too, making up 20% of ticket sales. “That is huge for us,” said Kevin.