Broad Street Mall owner Moorgarth has announced details of the cinema due to open at the centre this summer.

Following a deal with Really Local Group for 14,000 sq ft of the former Argos store, a four-screen cinema, live music and events centre is to open, the group’s first outside London. Last year Really Local Group opened a similar venue called Catford Mews in Lewisham which it says has proved to be a popular community hub.

Gary Lewis, Moorgarth managing director, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Really Local Group to deliver our long-held aspiration of bringing an exciting and vibrant new cinema to Broad Street Mall. This is another milestone in the re-imagining of the centre.”

Preston Benson, founder of Really Local Group, said: “We are very excited about coming to Reading, to enhance the cultural infrastructure offer in a town with an established creative community.

“Working with Moorgarth and Reading Borough Council, we hope to be able to curate a new ‘cultural quarter’ for the town and secure collaboration opportunities with local independent businesses, artisans and traders.”

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