According to the following article extract from Andrew Watt’s ‘15 ghost sightings in Bedford’ (Bedfordshire on Sunday, 10 March 2015). ‘Built on the site of Newnham priory, Cineworld is not only a place to see horror movies, but a real life ghost as well. Both Screen 4 and the toilet area are supposedly haunted by a hooded figure with cold spots and strange sounds also having been reported.
Doors to Screen 4 allegedly open violently of their own accord, even with the catch was on, and customers have complained of hearing scratching noises coming from above their heads as well as the feeling of ghostly hands on their legs. Seat 8 in row ‘A’ supposedly refuses to stay upright but doesn’t move back down while being watched. Jingling chains have also been heard and the temperature never rises above five degrees centigrade even in the summer.
According to reports, an usherette confirmed that her nephew had hung himself from a tree in the grounds of the old priory where Screen 4 now stands and an elderly cinema goer, remembered that the Newnham Swimming Pool used to stand on the site now occupied by the cinema. She claims that the lockers would open by themselves then shut with a bang at the same time during the night.