CHESTER will lose its last remaining cinema next month.
Cineworld on Greyhound Retail Park will close on October 10, leaving film fans to travel to Cheshire Oaks or Wrexham for the latest blockbusters.
Developers won permission in August to knock down the cinema and create a supermarket – rumoured to be an Asda.
The Leader has been told the Tenpin bowling alley, also due to go to make way for the new supermarket, will be closing on November 3.
Cineworld has been given the go ahead to build a new 11-screen cinema at Broughton Shopping Park in Flintshire, which is due to open in 2014.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) plans to include one cinema screen in the new theatre, due to open in 2016, and the Northgate Development blueprint includes an eight-screen cinema – but not before 2019 at the earliest.
But for now the latest Hollywood releases will no longer be on show in Chester.
Cineworld spokesman Lindsey Rossell said: “Cineworld closes on October 10. We apologise for any inconvenience to our customers.”
Retail park owner Land Securities was given permission in 2009 to create a 5,000 square metre supermarket by merging the bowling alley and two adjoining units. That consent was extended last August but no work has been carried out.
Revised plans are for a much larger supermarket incorporating the site of the cinema were approved in August.
Chester Civic Trust opposed the application because of the loss of the cinema.
Cllr Reggie Jones also had concerns about the loss of the cinema as well as the increase in traffic and the lack of a development plan for the Sealand Road area.
No retailer has been linked to the planned store as yet, although Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s already have superstores in Chester.