Plans for a new cinema in the heart of Catford have been approved.

The commercial multi-screen cinema will replace the existing Poundland in Catford Shopping Centre.

Redevelopment work will start in October and the cinema will be accompanied by a cafe, bar, live music venue and a food court.

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, said: "It’s exciting to be getting set to welcome the return of a cinema to Catford.

"Catford always had a historic tradition as a cultural hub in south London. We want to revive that tradition.

"The cinema joins the Catford Beer Festival, Catford Jazz Festival and the new independent restaurants that are opening in the town centre.

"Catford has a real buzz and things are set to continue to improve."

Construction is expected to be completed by May 2019.