MULTI-million pound plans for a huge multiplex cinema in Broughton are edging closer after an agreement was reached with Cineworld.
Broughton Shopping Park owner British Land confirmed Cineworld has signed for an 11-screen cinema as part of the park’s planned £13 million extension.
Five new restaurants will also be opened and more than 200 jobs are expected to be created if the extension goes ahead.
But the news casts further doubt over the future of the Cineworld cinema at Greyhound Retail Park in Chester – about five miles away.
Cineworld CEO Steve Wiener said: “We were impressed by Broughton Shopping Park’s location, scale and popularity and are pleased to be able to provide Flintshire with its first multiplex.
“Cineworld looks forward to providing the latest technological advances to even more of its customers.”
Flintshire Council is currently considering the proposed extension which, if approved, would be built on land currently used for parking next to the HomeSense store.
Replacement parking spaces would be provided, along with a new bus interchange, footpath and pedestrian walkway connecting the interchange with the shops.
The scheme comprises an 11-screen Cineworld cinema with 1,731 seats and five sit-down restaurants.
Broughton Shopping Park manager Colin Gilligan said: “We are delighted to confirm Cineworld’s long term commitment to Broughton.
“It will contribute towards more leisure jobs in the area and provide a modern, high-tech cinema for the whole community to enjoy.”
Currently, there is just one permanent cinema in Flintshire – Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s solitary 120-seat screen.
Traditional picture houses could once be found across the county but film fans wanting to watch the latest blockbusters must now travel to Chester, Wrexham or Ellesmere Port.
Flintshire Council's cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and leisure Peter Macfarlane said: “We fully support the expansion of Broughton Shopping Park and the jobs it brings with it.
“With the decline in some areas and the job losses we have seen this week, we absolutely welcome developments like these.
“It also provides another leisure outlet for people without the need to travel to Chester or further afield.”
Nobody from Cineworld was available to comment on the future of the Greyhound Retail Park cinema when approached by the Leader.