AN independent digital company has been unveiled as the operator that will run the much-anticipated nine-screen cinema at Bolton’s Market Place.

The Light Cinemas were today announced as the official partner alongside the shopping centre’s new owners Moorgarth, who bought the complex for £24 million in November.

It follows hard on the heels of a successful planning application for the nine-screen cinema, which will be built effectively on top of the Market Place.

The current car park will be reconfigured as a result of the £15 million development.

Moorgarth’s UK chief executive Tim Vaughan said the South African-based group was “thrilled” to get the go-ahead to begin work on the “state-of-the-art” cinema.

Phil Dove, head of UK operations for The Light Cinemas, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to create a cinema that is unique to Bolton.”

The news has also been welcomed by the leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris.

He added: “We are delighted that The Light Cinema Experience is to be the operator for our new town centre cinema.”