New cinema to sign a 20-year lease

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A week after it was confirmed that Leyland’s closest cinema is set to be demolished, plans have been announced to build a brand new one in a nearby town.

As previously reported in the Guardian, the Vue cinema at the Capitol Centre in Walton-le-Dale is set to be pulled down to make way for restaurants.

Now, national chain Reel Cinema has revealed its intention to open a six-screen complex at Market Walk shopping centre in Chorley town centre.

The operator is the first business to publicly declare its commitment to Chorley Council’s scheme to expand Market Walk, and will enter into a 20-year lease.

The proposed £10m development would include three large retail units and several branded restaurants alongside the cinema, creating up to 200 jobs.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “I am delighted that Reel have committed to Chorley and I think it’s the first stage of us getting the rest of the scheme signed up.

“Once they’re there, we will get the restaurants and the other leisure operators.”

Plans for the 84,000 sq ft Market Walk extension are currently out for public consultation, before a full planning application is submitted in the next few weeks.