THE multi-millionaire businessman behind Chorley's first commercial cinema for decades has spoken exclusively of his enthusiasm for the project.

As new images of the proposed film complex were released, Kailash Chander ‘KC’ Suri said the town was the 'perfect location' for the latest outlet for his nationwide Reel independent chain.

The company, which is expanding fast in the North-West, will open the six-screen cinema with associated food and drink concessions late next year (2018).

Reel has taken a long-lease on the building which will be constructed as part of the £10million market annexe development at the heart of £17million redevelopment of Chorley town centre.

In a similar arrangement to the chain's new £6.5 million cinema in Blackburn, the costs will be paid back to the borough over the period of the lease.

Speaking exclusively to the Citizen, Leicestershire-based Mr Suri, 62, said: "Chorley Council has got great vision for the town.

"They are encouraging bringing leisure and restaurants into the town centre and promoting a lot of residential schemes in the suburbs which make a perfect location for Reel.

"We will work hard to serve the local community well.

"They will enjoy watching films and having great and fun time there."

Cllr Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “When we ask people what would attract them to the town centre the answer is bigger name stores and a better leisure offer, such as a cinema, and we’ve been working hard to secure this.

“Having the Reel Cinema in Chorley will not only improve the town’s evening economy but it is a key part of attracting new businesses to the extension and we are close to agreeing terms on a number of the units.

“It’s something people have been asking to see for many, many years and I’m really pleased we are now starting to see preparation work taking place in the town centre.”

Chorley has not had a commercial cinema for more than 20 years, although Chorley Little Theatre has a community film club.

Reel is also undertaking a £2million plus total refurbishment of its successful existing nine screen complex in Burnley and plans to add new cinemas in Skelmersdale and Rochdale in the near future.

The council's £17 million revamp, which will see a cinema and new high street retailers move into Chorley as well as the cinema, involves the weekly Flat Iron market relocating temporarily.