20th Dec 2018
Royal William Yard is very pleased to welcome boutique cinema operator Everyman Cinemas who plan to will take up residence in our iconic grade 1 listed Melville building.
Everyman is "redefining" cinema, injecting lifestyle elements into film experiences – serving up pizzas and wines during screenings in your very own sofa. It will add to the Yard’s already thriving community, adding to the many restaurants, bars, galleries and events which have arrived at the former Naval supplies yard over the past decade.
Crispin Lilly, CEO at Everyman, said: "We are delighted to make this news public and share our plans to bring our brand to Royal William Yard.
"It’s a fascinating place and we knew from our first visit there was a synergy with Everyman – not just the aesthetics, but the whole atmosphere and vibe here is right for us. We’re planning to get stuck straight in and earn our place in this community, working alongside the wonderful range of businesses already here."
Added Plymouth City Council Leader, Councillor Tudor Evans OBE: "We have seen the yard go from strength to strength to become a major destination in its own right. It’s played a key role in ensuring Britain’s Ocean City’s cultural offer continues to bring people flocking to the city over and over again. This latest announcement all adds to the buzz being created in Plymouth."
Everyman will create three screening rooms in an 8,900 sq ft unit within Melville, the Grade I Listed structure which overlooks the Marina at the heart of Royal William Yard. It is the first in a series of forthcoming tenant announcements as Urban Splash finalises deals with other operators expecting to move here, as well as carrying out refurbishment works which will transform the building – one of the final undeveloped structures within Royal William Yard.
The company’s commercial director Emily Handslip explained: "Melville is the jewel in the Yard’s crown and I am thrilled Everyman will make this stunning space their home. It is a brand very much in sync with Urban Splash – one intent on pioneering a new idea within its industry.
"Everyman comes following an incredibly buoyant period for us here at the Yard, a time in which we’ve gained some fantastic assets like the Bistrot Pierre hotel – which opened this summer – events like the recent Illuminate festival and of course the Barbican, Royal William Yard & Mount Edgcumbe Ferry route. I’m just thrilled a boutique cinema offering is now within that mix."
The remaining space within Melville is now being marketed, with office units range from 300 sq ft for smaller entities, through to head quarter size office space. Emily continued: "The composition of Melville means there are plenty of brilliant options on the table. We’re a renowned flexible landlord so can accommodate enquiries from all businesses; be they a startup looking for 300 sq ft, to entire floorplates suitable as a regional HQ for a larger organisation."