Empire Cinema has unveiled plans to transform its multiplex in Sutton.

The firm has formally applied to Sutton Council for permission for refurbishments which include restaurants and cafes to replace the existing assembly and leisure area.

The cinema, based in St Nicholas Way, is also hoping to design a new frontage for the building and to implement new entrance doors and an overhead canopy.

Empire has been closed since June 4 as part of a multi-million pound development.

A spokesperson said at the time: “This redevelopment is expected to be completed in winter 2017 and will bring a brand new cinema experience to Sutton.

“Empire Cinemas are excited about their new cinema and look forward to being able to share details of this development in the coming months.”

The borough’s cinema was first opened 25 years ago.

Sutton Council are consulting until August 14 on whether to grant planning permission for the new proposals.