Grantham’s brand new cinema multiplex is set to be reduced in size, with the latest plan revealing the council’s intention to go from six screens to five.
The local authority behind the plan, South Kesteven District Council, has now put forward to its planning department a proposal to build a smaller, five-screen venue, at the request of its preferred cinema operator – which has not yet been revealed.
This will see a reduction in seats, from around 1,000 to 705, plus nine disabled spaces.
The new planning document also confirms the expected opening date to be November-December next year. On announcing the plans back in 2014, a likely completion date of autumn 2015 was given, a date which has pushed back several times since.
The latest application states: “It is anticipated that the existing cinema will cease trading and will be handed over to the council in mid May 2018, and then be demolished and the site cleared. The new development and new cinema is planned to open for trading in November to December of 2018.”
The cinema complex would also feature two restaurants at ground floor level and leisure and office space on the first floor.
SKDC hopes the new leisure complex will “enhance the cultural diversity of Grantham’s civic quarter, attracting a wider audience and
providing a contemporary entertainment venue to add to the cultural area which has continuously developed over the past two centuries”.
The entrance to the site will be to the side of the site, with a “pedestrian gateway” through from St Peter’s Hill to “ensure footfall past the restaurant units is maximised”.