National chain Reel Cinema is to open a six-screen complex at Market Walk, as part of Chorley Council’s extension plans for the shopping centre.
The operator is the first business to publicly declare its commitment to the scheme and will enter into a 20-year lease.
Coun Alistair Bradley, council leader, said: “I am delighted that Reel has committed to Chorley and I think it’s the first stage of getting the rest of the scheme signed up.
“Once they’re there, we will get the restaurants and the other leisure operators.”
Plans for the 84,000 sq ft extension to Market Walk – owned by the council – are currently out for public consultation, before a full planning application is submitted in the next few weeks.
The proposed £10m development would include three large retail units and several branded restaurants alongside the cinema, creating up to 200 jobs.
Coun Bradley said talks are at “quite an advanced stage” with retailers and he was “confident” the council would be able to secure tenants for 65 per cent of the planned units, which is what they want to achieve before work starts on the site.