Would-be Empire developers named

Fri 16 November 2012, 10:59 am

Ealing Council has named the three parties battling for the right to become its joint-venture partner to redevelop the borough's Empire Cinema site.

It said the shortlisted contenders were Land Securities, Salmon Harvester with Cineworld, and Wilson Bowden with Barratt.

Ealing said it was “extremely impressed” with the proposals drawn up following its decision to push for a compulsory purchase order to progress redevelopment at the Uxbridge Road site earlier this year.

Among the new suggestions are Imax wrap-around screens with the latest stereoscopic 3D digital projection technology and a range of luxury theatre additions. 

The authority stated that it wants to see a comprehensive mixed-use development with potential for art galleries and performance spaces to create a new cultural quarter for the borough.

Council leader Julian Bell said the potential for collaboration with nearby Ealing Studios was also being explored.

“Ealing helped define the British film industry,” he said.

“I not only want to see Hollywood blockbusters being shown in Ealing again, but also a far broader mix of independent films and events that will attract people from all over London to Ealing.”

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