A cinema operator has been selected to run a six-screen cinema as part of Chester's £300m Northgate Development.
More than half a dozen cinema operators had expressed interest in managing the multiplex above a new market hall to the rear of the main library where the bus exchange is now, alongside the Storyhouse cultural centre.
And Cheshire West and Chester Council has now revealed an operator has been chosen but is not yet ready to identify the company involved.
The Chronicle understands the venue will be bespoke with a bistro and bar.
At the moment Cestrians must travel to Cheshire Oaks or Broughton to watch movies after the city's last cinema closed in 2013 although the new cultural centre, which opens next spring, will include a single screen showing art house films.
Clare Huber, CWaC’s senior construction manager, told The Chronicle a cinema operator had been chosen.
“We do have one, yes,” she said.
But Ms Huber would not confirm if the deal was signed and sealed.
Meanwhile, talks are ongoing with department store chains to anchor the Northgate scheme, believed to include House of Fraser, who wanted to have a presence in the original project and remain hot favourite to be the main draw. Other names thought to be in the frame are John Lewis and Fenwick.
Ms Huber would not confirm whether CWaC had secured financial backing for the £300m retail plan especially against the background of economic uncertainty following the Brexit vote.
She said: “The council is working with Strutt and Parker, who are the investment partners, to come up with the investment strategy that we will take to full council at the end of the year.”