The development forms part of wider plans by Martin Dawn Plc to construct a new football stadium for Southend United and comprises 35 retail units, 10 restaurants and over 1000 free car parking spaces.
The multiplex will be home to a minimum of 2,000 seats arranged across 12 full height auditoria. Cineworld will provide its unique Super Screen theatre, which includes a wall to wall screen, dual projectors for a brighter 3D experience and Dolby surround-sound.
Martin Dawn Plc is in advanced discussions with British Land plc to forward fund the first phase of development, including the new stadium. British Land Plc is the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space and a market leader in the design and development of Shopping Parks.
Cineworld’s Property Director, Kevin Frost, commented: “We are delighted to have found the perfect home for our Southend cinema. British Land is an ongoing partner of ours and we are looking forward to working with them again, whilst also providing synergy with the club's plans. The A127 location will allow us to serve customers in both Southend and Basildon, and the proposed scheme will give us the room to offer our new customers the full choice of movies and formats available.”
Southend United’s Chairman, Ron Martin, commented: “The club's relocation plans have been a long time in gestation. In view of the uncertainty that has surrounded the regeneration of Roots Hall, the club's current ground, for a mixed Retail/Residential development, the proposal with British Land will breath fresh air into the project.
"In addition to placing Southend United on the football map, this development will also make a significant contribution to the town's attraction and economy."
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