The opening date for a brand new cinema in Swindon has been revealed.

Vue Cinemas submitted plans at the start of October to take over the former Empire site and bring a cinema back to the retail park.

Since Empire unexpectedly closed at Greenbridge Retail Park in July, the two Cineworld sites in Regent Circus and Shaw Ridge have been the only places for movie-lovers to go.

Swindon Advertiser: The former Empire site in Swindon.The former Empire site in Swindon. (Image: Dave Cox)

Bosses at Vue submitted a licensing application after acquiring the Greenbridge site, with members of the public allowed to comment on this until November 3.

A decision has now been made, and Vue has now confirmed its latest cinema will open on Friday, December 8.

The new cinema will have 12 screens on-site meaning Swindon customers will be able to see the blockbuster film ‘Wonka’ on its release date. 

The plans will not stop once the cinema has officially opened though as further investment will be made beyond the opening date.

A comprehensive refit is set to come in 2024 with the Swindon venue will be upgraded throughout to include Vue’s signature leather recliner seating.

The cinema also confirmed on Tuesday that the popular IMAX screen previously housed in the Empire cinema will remain in the town, making it Vue’s fourth IMAX screen across the UK.

Toby Bradon, General Manager of Vue UK and Ireland said: “We know that fans of big screen entertainment in Swindon have been eagerly awaiting an opening date for our new site.

“So we’re delighted to officially confirm that Vue Swindon will be opening its doors very soon indeed, and look forward to welcoming customers to enjoy the latest blockbusters, classic titles and the best in live music, sport and theatre.”

Swindon Advertiser: Empire on the day it announced its closure in Swindon.Empire on the day it announced its closure in Swindon. (Image: Newsquest)

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The arrival of the new cinema is the latest in a series of changes at the retail park in recent months.

Following the closure of the Empire in the summer, Frankie & Benny’s restaurant, which was located next door, closed its doors permanently in October.

But Hollywood Bowl is set to make the opposite move and join the site in the coming months.

Tickets are available now, with every film, every day available for £4.99 when booked online or £5.99 when purchased in venue.