Vue to take former Basildon Empire cinema

5th February 2024 | Jack Oliver

A former Empire cinema in Basildon is set to house a new tenant, with Vue entering formal discussions with the council to take over the property.

Basildon Council began marketing the property in Summer 2023 with leading UK cinema operators invited to submit an offer.

A final offer from Vue has now been received, with the cinema operator submitting an application to update the cinema’s signage.

East Square, where the cinema is located, is also home to Kaspa’s Desserts, Nando’s, and Orleto Lounge.

Councillor Craig Rimmer, cabinet member for economic stimulus and tourism said: “I know residents and cinemagoers have been waiting patiently for news on the scheme and it is fantastic to get this project moving again.  

“I can’t wait to see the new sign go up while we continue our negotiations. ” 

A Vue spokesperson added: “We can confirm that we are in formal discussions with Basildon Council regarding a new lease at East Square to bring The Ultimate Big Screen Experience to the area. We look forward to being able to share more information in due course.” 

Previous occupier Empire Cinemas collapsed into administration last year. Fellow cinema chain Everyman has also acquired former Empire sites in its bid to expand.


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