A new 1,000-seater cinema will be built in Ealing after the council was given approval to purchase land for a £100m development.
The development, in Ealing Broadway , will feature eight new screens, 1,000 seats, restaurants, shops and 160 flats, as part of plans for a new Ealing cultural quarter which also promises around 350 jobs.
Permission was granted for the development, to include the Filmworks cinema scheme, after the Secretary of State gave approval for the council to compulsorily purchase the land, including a neighbouring office building, properties, a bar and a former Empire cinema which closed in 2008.
The area, near Ealing Town Hall, will connect Walpole Park with Bond Street and Ealing Broadway.
Council leader Julian Bell said: “Bringing a cinema back to Ealing is the news that everyone has been waiting for.
"It is a fantastic opportunity that will see a large part of Ealing town centre revitalised with a vibrant cultural quarter, more jobs, new homes and more visitors.
“We were determined to breathe new life back into the site of the former cinema which has been derelict for far too long. Given Ealing Film Studios’ world-famous reputation, it is fitting that we build on the area’s proud film heritage by bringing a cinema back home.
“ Ealing is west London’s fastest growing economy and while we would have preferred not to have needed to make a CPO we simply could not stand back and allow the area to miss out on the benefits that such a development will bring.”
Since the cinema closed in 2008, the development has been plagued by delays, which has left the area without a cinema for the past seven years, because the Empire-owned site was not re-developed by the film company following its closure.
But now, the CPO allows the development of the quarter to begin in late 2016 and it is hoped by the council that the quarter will be ready in 2018.
According to the council, operators Picturehouse Cinemas will offer "the most digitally advanced projection and sound systems to ensure the best film experience".
Plans were initially approved by the council's planning committee in December 2013, followed by planning permission being given to developers Land Securities in July 2014.
Director of Land Securities, Jonathan Levy, said: “We welcome the Secretary of State's decision to confirm the Compulsory Purchase Order for the former Ealing cinema site and surrounding land, enabling Ealing Council to use its powers to acquire the land needed to deliver Ealing Filmworks and bring the long-awaited cinema back to Ealing .
"The decision is crucial in allowing us to deliver a comprehensive film quarter that connects Walpole Park with Bond Street and Ealing Broadway, creating a new public square, new shops, restaurants, homes and new jobs in Ealing town centre."