Provisional go-ahead for Leeds shopping centre’s IMAX plans

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The proposed construction of a super-sized IMAX cinema screen at the White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds has won the provisional go-ahead.

Leeds City Council approved the plans in principle at a meeting held yesterday.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the council gave the green light last year to a multi-screen cinema as part of a wider expansion of the White Rose.

Cinema chain Cineworld has since been confirmed as its operator and the company wants the attraction to incorporate an IMAX screen.

The size of that kind of screen meant the scheme had to go back before council planners.

The proposed inclusion of an IMAX facility in the cinema drew objections from Bradford Council.

It said it feared the scheme would have a harmful effect on audience numbers at the long-standing IMAX screen in its city’s National Media Museum (NMM).

The Science Museum Group, which runs the NMM, has also come out in opposition to the plans.