• James Armstrong

‘Coming soon’ the catchphrase for Pincourt Guzzo cinema


Though well past the predicted ground-breaking date of summer 2017, the Guzzo Cinema project at Pincourt’s Faubourg de L’Île shopping mall is reportedly still expected to come to fruition.

Though there’s been no visible development since the initial announcement in late 2016, the long awaited Guzzo cinema development for Pincourt’s Faubourg de L’Île shopping mall continues to be a viable project according to Town Director Michel Perrier.

“They (the mall owners) have received renovation permits,” Perrier told The Journal on Monday, April 30. He said certain renovations are needed to allow the Hart retail outlet to be relocated inside the mall as a preliminary step before the construction of the cinema.

“As far as a date of implementation, we have nothing for now,” said Perrier. According to Perrier, the town has not received any other requests for permits for the project to date. “I have no updates on that project but I am planning on getting in touch with the owners in the next few weeks,” said Perrier.

Guzzo Cinemas initially said construction would begin in the summer of 2017 as reported in The Journal by John Jantak in November 2016.

“They said there would be a delay because Cinema Guzzo was involved in implementing one or two other locations, that was the last update that we received in the fall of 2017,” said Perrier.

Vice President of Development for Groupe Mach Pierre-Jacques Lefaivre, one of the shareholders in the ownership of the mall, said the project is in process.

“I don’t have the details of the project,” said Lefaivre adding that it is a work in progress. As for the announcement of its imminent construction in 2017, Lefaivre commented with a chuckle, “I think they made the announcement too soon.”

Described as a 12-screen theatre featuring both English and French language movies, the delayed project has caught the attention of residents posting on social media. As one individual put it, “Every time I walk by the Faubourg on my way to and from the train station, I see the ‘Bientôt’ sign that has been up since November 2016.”

The cinema project was anticipated to attract more auxiliary tenants to the mall such as boutiques and restaurants as well as customers from across the region.

Although The Journal made repeated attempts to contact Vincenzo Guzzo spokesman for Guzzo Cinemas for information regarding the project, he had not responded to the requests as of publication.

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