Town centre cinema plan approved 

Cinema visual
Artist impression of the cinema

Plans for a nine-screen cinema at Market Place Shopping Centre in Bolton town centre have been given the green light.

The cinema plans, submitted by new owners Moorgarth, were given the go-ahead by council planning officers last week.

The nine screens will have a capacity of 1,200 seats, covering a total area of 2,600 square metres.

The blueprint for the cinema was drawn up at the same time that Moorgarth negotiated a £24 million deal to buy the Market Place Shopping Centre.

A further £15 million will be spent on the cinema and restaurants, which are planned to go in the sunken vaulted basement. A further planning application to allow restaurants to be located in the basement is set to be submitted to the council.

Chief Executive of UK manager group, Moorgarth said: “We are delighted to have been given the go-ahead to begin work on Market Place’s new addition, a state of the art cinema.

"A strong partnership with Bolton Council and the support of the local community has enabled a fresh chapter for Market Place Shopping Centre.

"The addition of a cinema to the Market Place will reinvigorate the centre, transforming it into a retail and leisure destination. Local and national restaurants are expressing their interest in joining Market Place Shopping Centre."

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, added: “This another big milestone for the regeneration of the town centre. We’ve wanted to secure a town centre cinema for a long time, and it looks like this is going to be delivered.”

Centre Manager at Market Place Shopping Centre, Rod Neasham, said, “This marks the beginning of an exciting future for Market Place. The centre will soon play host to blockbusters from across the world – the spotlight is well and truly on Market Place.”

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