Marlborough could be set to get a new cinema after plans were revealed to transform an old chapel into a picture house.

Orlando Harris from Wilcot, and Bob Benton of Stitchcombe, want to turn the disused United Reformed Chapel on The Parade into an intimate cinema to give the town a hub for movie buffs to enjoy their favourite films on the big screen.

The business men have bought the property and have dreams to kit it out with state of the art film technology and luxury seating for an audience of 108.

As well as current blockbusters, classic films will be be screened and residents will can have a say on what films are shown.

Special screenings would also be put on for groups such as new mums and people with disabilities to ensure the cinema is accessible for everyone.

Mr Harris said: “At the moment people have to travel to Swindon to see a film which which isn’t very appealing.

“It will be great for Marlborough and the surrounding areas to have this cinema and it could create quite a buzz in The Parade.

“We imagine people can go for a bite to eat somewhere first and then come to see a film. It would make a night of going to the cinema again."

With the support of the Kennet Valley Arts Trust, the plan to transform the disused listed building into a cinema was showcased to residents on Saturday morning at a public consultation to raise public awareness and hear any concerns from residents.

Acoustic engineers were enlisted to confirm that the building could be turned into a cinema and proposals have been drawn up detailing how the empty chapel could become the trendy arts spot.

A formal planning application is expected to be submitted to Wiltshire Council in the next few weeks with hopes that the picture house could be up and running by May or June.