A NEW multiplex cinema to be built on the roof of the Alhambra is still going ahead but has been put back by a year, the developers have said.

Empire Cinemas - the largest independently owned cinema operator in the UK - confirmed last May that it would be opening the multiplex cinema in late 2017, developed in partnership with the Alhambra owners BMO Real Estate Partners.

Construction of the ten screen multiplex - able to seat up to 1,244 cinema-goers and featuring Empire Cinemas’ large screen format known as IMPACT - was hoped to have started last year but BMO Real Estate Partners this week confirmed work is now anticipated to begin in the summer.

The developers said detailed plans have now been finalised for the new cinema, along with five new restaurants, and it is due to open by summer 2018, a year behind the original schedule.

A spokesman for BMO Real Estate Partners said demand for the cinema scheme ‘remains extremely strong’ and that it will take the shopping experience offered by the Alhambra to ‘an even higher level’.

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