Former BHS store, Torquay (photo by Andy Styles)

Work begins to replace Torquay department store with new cinema

The boss of Merlin Cinemas has today revealed that work has started on the creation of one of Devon’s biggest multiplex in the former BHS store in Torquay.

Merlin Cinemas founder Geoff Greaves has confirmed that he hopes some screens will be open ‘before the summer’.

Planning permission for the new 13-screen cinema was approved last August – making it the biggest multiplex in Devon. It will mean the closure of Torquay’s only cinema, the old and dilapidated four-screen Central Cinema in Abbey Road, which is expected to be redeveloped.

Last year the £53million 12-screen Cineworld IMAX leisure centre opened in Plymouth.

Mr Greaves said today: “We are finishing clearing the store presently and hoping to start the conversion very soon.

“We hope to be open in at least some screens before the summer.

” Plans and options for the old cinema are still under discussion, but it will close once the new cinema is open and staff will be moved to the new site.”

Westcountry-based national cinema chain Merlin, which started in the Westcountry and now has 17 cinemas and a theatre in England and Wales, specialises in rural and seaside cinemas.

The huge multiplex will be part of Torquay high street’s conversion from shops to leisure use…

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