A new six-screen cinema has signed up to boost the leisure offer in Kirkby town centre following a consultation with residents.
National independent cinema operator Reel Cinemas has agreed to open a 15,000 sq ft picture house as part of the area’s regeneration, following calls from local residents to enhance facilities.
The cinema will also be accompanied by three new restaurant units, which are said to have attracted the interest of national operators.
Paul Batho, projects director at St. Modwen which is behind the town centre’s transformation, says: “Securing Reel Cinemas is positive news for the future of Kirkby Town Centre.
“Recent feedback from local people tells us that the current leisure offer is seriously lacking across the town. There is a huge opportunity to develop this in line with responses received and we are confident our proposed plans will make a significant difference in transforming the town.
“We’re currently in talks with several national operators regarding the restaurant units and hope to make further announcements soon.”
More than 500 people recently attended a two-day consultation event for the Kirkby town centre plans, and 196 comments of support are said to have been received from residents.
Proposals also include a supermarket,which has also prompted advanced talks with major food retailers, along with other new retailers.