| The Light will open a nine-screen, 32,000 sq ft multiplex within the shopping centre, which is being overhauled in a multi-million pound project. |
It currently operates nine cinemas across the UK, including in Sheffield, Cambridge and Dundee.
Keith Pullinger, co-founder and chief executive of The Light, said: “For us it’s important that we focus our attention on great city centre locations where we’re able to capture the imagination of our customers through contemporary interior design, which in turn, creates an exciting environment and place to be.
“The redevelopment of intu Broadmarsh is something we’re excited about, and allows us to bring our vision to life for the people of Nottingham.”
Martin Breeden, development director at intu, which is investing £86m on the scheme, said: “This is another important step forward for the transformation of intu Broadmarsh where detailed design work, tendering and enabling work is busily going on behind the scenes before the planned start of the main works towards the end of this year.
“We visited a number of the new cinemas that The Light has opened across the UK and believe they offer a fresh approach with great service so we are really looking forward to it opening in intu Broadmarsh.”
The Light has signed a 25-year lease with intu and will be positioned alongside shops, restaurants and other leisure units.
Launched in Bucharest, Romania, in 2008, the company describes its concept as an “unique, premium cinema experience offering exciting, highly inclusive venues at the heart of the UK’s town and cities”.
As well as showing big Hollywood blockbusters, its cinemas feature British and international films, and support smaller releases through special previews.
At the same time as naming the cinema operator, intu has released artist’s impressions of how the overhauled Broadmarsh Centre will look.
An investment of £150m in the Broadmarsh area will include updating the car park and bus station, and creating new cafes and shops.
Preliminary work is expected to commence shortly, with the main work starting before the end of the year.
Nottingham City Council deputy leader, Councillor Graham Chapman, said: “The new cinema is set to be the cornerstone of a revamped intu Broadmarsh and so this is a significant announcement.
“I welcome this news as it signals progress in the centre’s widely-anticipated redevelopment and fully expect it will help intu to attract many other exciting new tenants.
“We look forward to a new-look intu Broadmarsh and other significant developments reshaping this part of the city, helping to attract more visitors and jobs for local people.”
“The cinema will be provide a focal point in the transformation. It will be a family-friendly environment but also a grown-up environment for the evening.
“Having two up-to-date shopping centres will be great for Nottingham. It will give people more reasons to come into the city centre and bring people from further away.”