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Empire Cinemas, the largest independently owned cinema operator in the UK, has confirmed that a brand new Multiplex Cinema will be opening in Barnsley in late 2017. The Multiplex will be developed in partnership with BMO Real Estate Partners; the owners of the Alhambra Shopping Centre.

The new cinema will play host to 10 screens, including Empire Cinemas’ large screen format, IMPACT and will be able to seat up to 1,244 cinemagoers. Planning permission for the new Multiplex Cinema, along with five new restaurants, has already been granted and construction work could begin at the shopping centre later this year, BMO Real Estate Partners have confirmed.

A spokesman for Empire Cinemas said, “We are delighted to be partnering with BMO Real Estate Partners to bring a multiplex cinema to the heart of Barnsley and we look forward to entertaining local film fans for many years to come.

In addition to the very latest film releases, Empire Cinemas will also be bringing Empire Extra to cinemagoers in Barnsley and the surrounding locality. This service offers screenings of big stage productions and events on the big screen, from the comfort of their local cinema – be it theatre, opera, ballet, music or sport.”

BMO Real Estate Partners further commented, “We are thrilled that such a highly regarded national Cinema operator will be coming to Barnsley and committed to substantially enhance and enlarge the Alhambra Shopping Centre. Upgrade and refurbishment work on the adjoining secure car park is also planned and expected to start on site in a matter of weeks. We also expect to announce similar commitments from much needed national restaurant operators to compliment the new Cinema in the coming months.”

Empire Cinemas’ cater for all; from Empire JNRS, which offers families the chance to see a family favourites every weekend for pocket money prices; to Empire Seniors, where the over 60’s can watch a selection of the best recent and classic films every Wednesday, including tea or coffee and a biscuit. Empire Cinemas also welcome parents with babies through their Empire Parent & Baby screenings, providing a relaxing environment for parents/guardians to enjoy the latest releases with the lights up and sound down, every Monday morning.

Other offers include Sav£rday Tuesday, which offers customers a chance to see current films for a 'credit crunch busting' price, and Last Chance To See Thursdays, which screens selected films coming to the end of their run at Saverday prices.

More news and details will be shared during the development.