Cineworld is to open a cinema next to Wembley arena, it was announced today.

The UK’s only quoted cinema chain has signed an agreement with Quintain, owner of Wembley City, to open the 1,800 capacity cinema.

Cineworld has signed a 25-year lease of the nine-screen cinema, next to the stadium and Wembley Arena, which is due to open in 2013.

Nick Shattock, deputy chief executive of Quintain, said: "This agreement with Cineworld is another significant step forward in delivering our core retail and leisure offer at Wembley City and comes directly after the signing of Barclaycard as title sponsor of Wembley Arena.

“Located next to the Arena, the new cinema and all its surrounding restaurants and shops will become a major new destination for visitors and local residents."

Quintain is behind a major regeneration of the area including a 280,000 sq ft retail and leisure hub.

Construction will start on the cinema next year.

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