Cinema giants Odeon have been announced as the main movie complex partner for an ambitious £55 million regeneration project in Wolverhampton.
City of Wolverhampton Council leader Ian Brookfield announced the news at a full authority meeting on Wednesday (March 4) and said the deal had been finalised in the hours prior.
Odeon will be part of the Westside development that will see new cafes, restaurants and shops, as well as event space created in the city.
The announcement of the new cinema was due to be made last year but was hit with delays. It is anticipated the multi-screen complex will be open in 2022.
Councillor Brookfield read out a statement from private development company Urban and Civic and declared it as excellent news for the city.
But counterpart, Conservative group leader Wendy Thompson slammed the delays the Westside development has taken.
The statement from Urban and Civic chief executive Nigel Hugill said: “I’m pleased to confirm that conditional agreements are now in place with all the parties including the Odeon.
“Wolverhampton Council have been unstinting in their support for the scheme and equally I can publicly reaffirm the commitment of Urban and Civic.
“The current programme is for opening in the Summer of 2022…