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Clone towns and Independents

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There has been much debate in the local press about the forthcoming Riverside Cinema complex in Bedford.  Even our dear Bedford Clanger had something to say about it.  It got me thinking about the whole issue of local, independent & quirky versus mainstream.   In Bedford we don’t really have Arthouse cinema and for many the thought of another mainstream cinema, complete with “chain store” restaurants, when there’s already a cinema showing little other than blockbusters, spells doom to those who hope our town to be something other than a clone town.   The reality is possibly a little more complex...

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