WORK on the Phoenix Leisure Park is nearly complete.
The 55,000sq ft development, spearheaded by Chester-based Liberty Properties, has attracted some of the UK's leading leisure operators.
Restaurant and delivery chain Pizza Hut was the first big name to open on September 12, creating 58 jobs.
Now a date has been set for the opening of the new Curzon Cinema complex.
It will open on November 18 in time for the release of the next Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The five-screen facility will include a cafe and licensed bar.
A Curzon Cinema spokesman said: 'We can confirm an opening date of November 18 and look forward to entertaining film fans in the area.'
The choice offered at the complex will come as a relief to film-goers who are used to travelling to Festival Park in Stoke-on-Trent or the Greyhound Park in Chester.
Bingo, one of the fastest growing hobbies in the UK, will also be catered for. A plush Mecca Bingo is scheduled to open in the next few weeks.
All attractions will be ready in time for Christmas.
Borough councillor Howard Curran, Portfolio Holder for Local Activities, said: 'People have previously had to go outside the area to satisfy their leisure needs. Now they will have a convenient venue in Crewe. What a fantastic addition to Crewe it is.'
The old railway site on Dunwoody Way was reclaimed under a derelict land grant in the 1980s and earmarked in the Local Plan for leisure and entertainment.
But it was the late 1990s before developer Parkridge came forward with a plan.
The project took a blow in 2000 when Parkridge pulled out leaving the borough council looking for a buyer.
Liberty Properties acquired the site in 2004.
Work began at the start of 2005, with a projected opening date in the autumn - timed to cater for the massive influx of students to the MMU's new halls of residence on Crewe Green Road.