Ambitious plans for Blackburn’s new £6.5million eight-screen independent cinema have been approved by the Council’s Executive Board. The development is set to transform the former Waves Water Fun Centre site on the junction of Blakey Moor and Barton Street and will sit alongside the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project.
The site was cleared to make way for development last year, and after a competitive tender process an agreement is now in place with a leading independent operator to lease the building from the Council once complete.
The new building will also house a number of food and drink outlets and bar.
The development forms part of the Council’s on-going regeneration plans for Blackburn town centre and will be delivered alongside the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project, helping to reinvigorate the town’s leisure and cultural offer.
Cllr Riley said: “This is a major project and addition to our plans for the town centre and its nightlife.
“We have secured a major independent operator on a deal that will pay for itself over 20 years.
“Film is a growth leisure area and we believe, having done research, the new complex will complement rather than compete with Vue and make Blackburn a destination for cinema goers with a real choice of films.
“It is a highly suitable leisure use for the site of Waves and supports our plans for that side of the town centre.”
The council aims to sign a contract shortly, apply for planning permission in August, complete construction in April 2019 for opening in July.