The Vue Cinema at Walton-le-Dale will definitely be demolished to make way for restaurants and new shops, it has been revealed.
In December, Royal London, which owns the Capitol Centre, said such redevelopment was “a contingency plan” while they waited to hear whether Vue would renew its lease.
But Vue has now confirmed to Royal London it will be leaving the site, and South Ribble Council planning bosses have approved the site redesign.
A spokesman for Royal London said: “We can confirm Vue is not renewing the lease and that the building will be demolished, however we are not able to share more information on who is lined up to take over the site yet.”
Vue has declined to comment on the situation after being contacted by the Guardian, but in December confirmed the cinema would not close in 2015.
Redevelopment plans are to demolish the seven-screen building and restaurant, replacing them with a 33,000 sq ft new non-food retail unit.
Because Frankie & Benny’s want to stay at the site, a new restaurant pod, big enough for two units, would be built on the car park near to the existing McDonald’s.
A third restaurant of 3,000 sq ft is proposed to in-fill the gap between the new retail unit and Prezzo, the later to receive a new facade.
A new security pod is also proposed in a bid to cut down on anti-social behaviour.