RESIDENTS can now take a tour around Basildon's brand new Empire cinema - set to boast the largest screen in Essex.

With the build swiftly underway, the team at Basildon Council have revealed an exclusive behind-the-scenes look around the venue while works on the site continue.

Part of the East Square regeneration scheme put forward by the council, the building itself will contain 10 different screens, one of which is expected to be the largest in Essex.

It is also set to be Empire’s largest outside London, while there will be capacity for up to 500 people inside the cinema.

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In a video, produced by the council team, residents are given a sneak peak into where they can expect to get their popcorn from and a look into Screen 1, which is already coming to life.

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Video by Basildon Council

Despite the pandemic causing some delays to construction work, Empire will be handed the keys to the site in July.

The cinema is set to open to the public in February 2022 – just in time for the school half-term.

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