PEOPLE power has prevailed after it was revealed Empire Cinema has backed down over plans to create a temporary car park on the Broadway site.
Over the past two weeks, more than 2,000 people have signed a petition objecting to the site being used as a car park and campaigners were adamant in finding out exactly when the cinema would be built.
But on Wednesday afternoon, Council Leader, Julian Bell received written confirmation that Empire Cinema did not want to 'leave an unsightly site and were not looking to open it as a car park'.
Councillor Bell said: "The number of people signing the petition shows the strength of feeling about building the cinema in Ealing. As there are so many signatures on the petition, it means it will now go on the Council agenda to be discussed on Tuesday.
"I think there is a strong likelihood Empire have backed down because of people power and we have been encouraging as many people to sign the petition to campaign for the cinema.
"Ealing has always been linked with films - we have Ealing Studios and the famous Ealing comedies and it's an absolute outrage that we now don't have a cinema in Ealing.
"We have made it clear to Empire that we expect the cinema to be built, and the sooner, the better."
Kuldeep Brar, of Haven Green who organised the petition said it's great news but they still want assurances and a time-line of when they can expect the cinema to be re-built.
The 36-year-old said: "It's fantastic news - we're delighted that Empire wish to work with Ealing residents and Londoners to bring back the cinema.
"But we're keen to get a formal statement from them as to when the work will start.
"We will keep the momentum going with the petition as it shows how passionate people are about the cinema.
"But we want to hear a definite 'yes' from Empire that they will start building soon - they are a great group and also want a successful business, but we want our cinema as soon as possible."
To view and sign the petition, visit http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/saveealingcinema
Empire Cinema were unavailable for comment.