The proposed operator of a cinema in Lewisham being built as part of a major town centre project has collapsed.
Empire cinemas was formed in 2005 and due to operate at Lewisham Gateway.
The latest and final phase is currently under construction and due for residents to move in before the year is out.
Of 14 cinemas across the country six closed with immediate effect. At attempt to find operators for a further eight are ongoing.
It’s a major blow to Lewisham which would have seen its first multiplex for many years.
The development is also set to bring a Sainsbury’s, a gym, bakery alongside a coffee shop and other outlets.
But all those were ten a penny really. The cinema was what would offer something the town has lacked for many years.
Will another operator take it on? Cineworld recently entered administration and have substantial debts. Their premium brand Picturehouse is supposed to be a part of a major Woolwich development.
That was announced way back in 2019 – and no work has yet begun across the Woolwich site.