Local residents are welcoming the return of a cinema to Weston.

It has been confirmed that the new PLAZA Cinema, which will be at the former ODEON venue, will show all the latest films when it opens its doors from December 15.

The building was purchased by Merlin Cinemas after it ceased operations in June.

Merlin Cinemas director Geoff Greaves expressed his assurance that 'watching a film at the cinema with family or friends greatly differs from watching it at home', adding that with modern digital projection and sound, the cinema experience becomes more memorable and offers a sense of occasion.

Weston Mercury: The new PLAZA Cinema will show all the latest films when it opens its doors from December 15

This news was met with enthusiasm from Weston locals and readers of the Weston Mercury.

One resident remarked: "Glad it’s being used rather than left empty," whilst others wished the company success, reflecting on fond memories made in the building.

Another local described it as a "positive move for the town," with expectations of the new cinema being "so busy" when it opens.

One excited reader said "I can't wait", another reacted with "brilliant news", while a local was "glad to see it remain open".

Yet it was met with some scepticism, especially from those who raised concerns regarding the need for two cinemas in Weston.

Differing opinions included: "It's still an eyesore," and "does Weston even need two cinemas?".

A few locals expressed hopes for improvements, "Hopefully they have sorted out the seating, sound quality and facilities" said another resident.

The majority of residents appeared to welcome the cinema's return, emphasising the need to use the building or risk losing it.