Plans for a nine-screen cinema and restaurant complex have been submitted as part of revamp for the Dolphin Centre in Poole.
The building will be the first multiplex in the town centre and is part of a 25-year lease signed by Empire Cinemas with Legal & General for the Dolphin Centre.
Four new restaurants are included in the proposed plans which hope to create a “a strong daytime and evening attraction for the south coast town” , taking the place of Argos and other adjoining buildings if plans get approved.
Buzz reporter Alexandra Doychinova visited the proposed site and sent this report.
John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, said: “The introduction of this exciting multiplex cinema together with an array of dining choices will provide significant additional amenity for visitors to the Dolphin centre.
“This latest investment will further shift the shopping centre towards a truly family-oriented offer, and bring an element of trade that will extend into the evenings, giving more reasons for residents and tourists alike to visit throughout the day.”
In a statement commenting on the Empire Cinemas’ proposals, councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: “It’s an exciting time for Poole town centre.
Empire Cinema’s proposal represents a massive vote of confidence in Poole as a premier leisure and tourist destination, following on from the recent agreement between the council and Legal & General that will see £26 million invested in our town centre over the next 18 months.
“The council is ambitious for Poole and the regeneration of the town centre and we look forward to receiving a planning application on this exciting proposal.”
Those shopping in the town centre seemed to be supportive of the plans for the new build, hoping that the complex could make Poole a larger attraction for tourists.
If the council approve plans for the new complex, the site could be up and running at the end of 2018 and could create around 40 new full-time jobs for the area.