A planning application will be submitted for a £5 million six screen multiplex cinema to be built at Grantham.
The scheme, which includes a multi-cuisine food court, has been approved by the Cabinet of South Kesteven District Council. If agreed by a meeting of the full Council, the scheme will use £4.9 of the £6.1 million allocated to town centre regeneration projects.
National restaurant chains have expressed “strong” interest in the scheme which will cover two floors – catering for demand and giving better use of the building.
Work is expected to start on the St Catherine’s Road site in late autumn. This may also be the first phase of a wider development of the site which will consider remodelling part of the council offices to fit within a cultural quarter including the courtyard behind the museum and arts centre.
The site extends as far as the entrance to the council car park near the Tollemache pub. The Senior Citizens’ Club will get brand new modern premises at the rear of the cinema.
The cinema complex will be built by the Council and leased back to the current operators Reel Cinemas. An extension of the building will see the creation of four new screens, taking the total to six, which will bring the seating capacity to 1037 – around 700 more than present.
KC Suri, for Reel Cinemas, said that the increased number of screens would mean they were able to show all the latest blockbusters as well as offering art house and children’s productions.
Mr Suri said: “This is really good news for Grantham. We have known for a long time that we need to improve our offer and this multi-million pound development will bring our ambitions for the town to fruition. It shows Grantham is really on the up.”
The development is expected to attract visitors into the town and generate around £14million in economic activity through employment and associated goods and services.