A NEW cinema will still be built in the Alhambra - but the plans have been delayed by a year.

Empire Cinemas confirmed last May that it would be opening the multiplex cinema in late 2017, developed in partnership with the Alhambra owners BMO Real Estate Partners.

Construction of the ten screen multiplex - able to seat up to 1,244 cinema-goers - was hoped to have started last year but BMO have confirmed work is now due to begin in the summer.

The developers said detailed plans have been finalised for the cinema, along with five new restaurants, and it is due to open by summer 2018, a year behind the original schedule.

Meanwhile, WAB understands plans for the council’s new cinema are still in place, with more details expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.