While many local people are excited for the development, saying it will ‘modernise’ the area and give us more things to do in the city centre, others are disappointed in its appearance and question whether the development is really aimed at local people.
We asked local people what they thought.
Find out what Plymouth people REALLY think of the Barcode in the video above
Local man Keith Oxenham is looking forward to the new development and thinks it will update and modernise the area.
He said: “It’s excellent, it’s modern, it will be nice.”
“It’s a good idea, an upgrade, you can’t have the old stuff, this is excellent,” he added.
‘It’ll keep kids off the streets’
Kyle White, 23, from Plymouth, thinks the Barcode will keep children off the street and give young people something to do.
Kyle said: “It’ll be a good thing, it’ll keep trouble off the streets, it’ll keep kids off the streets.”
Kyle says he’s mostly looking forward to the cinema. He said: “It’ll be a better cinema, hopefully not as expensive as the other one.”
Not everybody is impressed, though.
Susan Stoker, from Plymouth, likes that there is different architecture around the city, but doesn’t think the Barcode is designed for local people.
Susan said: “I really like the different architecture in the city. I don’t have a problem with this architecture, I like the juxtaposition of the whole thing. However, in these particular times of austerity, I don’t think they [Plymouth City Council and the developers] have thought about local people.
“It’s for business and money-making. It’s not giving something to the city.”
Susan also questioned how long the development would remain popular – and remain open – and suggested the money spent could have been spent elsewhere.
She said: “I don’t think it’s going to benefit the people of Plymouth. It’s a very poor city, it won’t be for the people of Plymouth. [The money should be spent on] an airport [that] would benefit the city.”
Lesley Chrysanthou added: “I think it’s ugly, it’s off-putting, it’s not in harmony with the rest of the city.”
Dan Lee, 23, from Wadebridge doesn’t think he’ll visit the Barcode.
He said: “I prefer an old-school cinema, with old-school seats in a nice old building, Wadebridge Cinema is really good for that.
“These new cinemas are alright, the picture and all of that is really good and the sound quality is really good.”
The Barcode will open next month next to Drake Circus in Plymouth City Centre.
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