"Two years ago The Widescreen Centre featured in a book entitled '111 Shops in London That You Shouldn't Miss'. That is about to be put to the test.
The Widescreen Centre is relocating to Cambridgeshire. Our final day in store here is Friday 23rd September, and we will reopen on Tuesday 4th October in Sutton, near Ely. Stay tuned for updates.
There are many positives about this move, but this was not a decision that Elena and I made lightly. The Widescreen Centre has been a fixture in Marylebone area for 45 years. But any company needs to react to external forces, and evolve. Widescreen has thrived over the years by by adapting to change, seizing opportunities, planning ahead - and recognising risk.
The current economic climate, changing retail patterns, and critically a major rent review due imminently - caused us to rethink our future plans. All this, together with business rates targeted for next year, led us to decide to relocate now. The current location will cease to be viable.
Elena and I moved to the new location earlier this summer. The plan was to develop a second branch of the business, offering evening openings and events, taking advantage of the dark-sky location and the wide open spaces. But in light of the above, we have taken the decision to move the business now. Further updates will follow shortly, and our website will also reflect the new changes.
The Baker Street Irregular Astronomers will continue unabated. Elena, Sasha, Emma and I will still be there. We will also be at the Equinox Star Party in Norfolk from September 30th-October 3rd (hence the Oct 4th opening), and we will then be at the International Astronomy show in Warwickshire October 14-15th (www.ukastroshow.com) and at Astrofest on February 10-11th (www.europeanastrofest.com)
Elena and I have been amazed and humbled by the support we have received over the years. Very many of you - including our suppliers, and the Astronomy press - have enjoyed the 'drop in' nature of our business, and have become good friends. The nature, passion, and drive of The Widescreen Centre will not change - only the location. And we're not actually that far away!"
Dr. Simon Bennett FRAS
The Widescreen Centre