Preston City Council has confirmed Hollywood Bowl as the first anchor tenant of its new multi-million pound leisure and entertainment complex Animate, set to begin construction on the town’s former indoor market in 2022.
The 16-lane bowling alley will feature “plush seating, a stylish bar and diner and a cutting-edge amusement area,” and occupy part of the council-owned development alongside a multi-screen cinema, restaurants and bars.
“We are pleased to have secured another prime, high footfall destination to enable us to continue to execute on our new centre opening strategy,” said Hollywood Bowl CFO Laurence Keen. “We’re delighted to be bringing the Hollywood Bowl brand to Preston and to be a part of the exciting development of the Animate leisure complex.”
The Animate centre is expected to be complete by 2024, and will create 140 new jobs.
“Welcoming Hollywood Bowl on-board the Animate scheme is a really positive step forward in our plans to bring this exciting city owned development to Preston for the whole community to benefit from,” said council leader Matthew Brown.
“As well as bringing investment and jobs to the people of Preston, this key anchor operator will help support the regeneration of our city centre. This major family attraction is a first for the city centre and will complement our existing leisure offer.”