The curtain is set to come up on a new Sheffield cinema as final preparations take place for its opening in the New Year.
The three-screen Curzon cinema is to open on Friday, January 9, located on George Street on the former site of the Sheffield Banking Company premises.
Bosses say between 15 and 20 jobs will be created at the new cinema, which will also include a new cafe and bar.
Curzon is one of the UK’s leading independent cinema groups, with 15 venues around the country.
A spokesman for the cinema chain said: “The cinema will bring together Curzon’s renowned programme of independent films from around the world, as well as live opera, ballet and theatre broadcasts.
“Curzon Sheffield will be the entertainment group’s latest cinema designed to delight, broaden horizons and spark conversations.”
The bank building was built at the end of the 18th century, and has been empty for many years.
Rob Kenny, director of cinema development, said last year that Curzon wanted to ‘work with’ Sheffield’s existing independent cinema The Showroom.
Officials from The Showroom, on Paternoster Row, have welcomed the rival operator’s imminent arrival in the city. In September, Melanie Crawley, marketing development manager, said: “We hope to cultivate a good relationship with the Curzon, but we see the role of The Showroom as being very distinct from this cinema operator.”
She said The Showroom will remain as Sheffield’s ‘only truly independent cinema’.