Picturehouse plans five-screen cinema at Rambert Company’s former Chiswick High Road property.

City Screen is planning to expand its fleet of Picturehouse cinemas with a five-screen Chiswick High Road venue.

Picturehouse has exchanged contracts with the Rambert Dance Company for its west London, Chiswick High Road property.

The exhibitor plans to convert the property into a cinema with five screens, a bar and café. A planning application is currently with the London Borough of Hounslow and Picturehouse.

The Rambert, which has been based in Chiswick since 1971, is moving to the South Bank later this year.

Lyn Goleby, managing director of Picturehouse Cinemas said:“Picturehouse are really excited to be coming to Chiswick, and in particular, to a building with such strong artistic heritage.

“The Rambert Dance Company premises have great spaces with lots of character and we’ll create a unique cinema for the community. We have some exciting plans for an open-air terrace where we hope to provide a fantastic meeting place for locals.”

Picturehouse will have two opportunities in May for local residents to view proposed plans for the building’s conversion; an informal exhibition will be on display at St Michael and All Angels Church in Chiswick on May 15 and 25

Earlier this week, the Office of Fair Trading announced that it had referred commercial circuit Cineworld’s acquisition of City Screen to the Competition Commission citing concerns over reduced competition and higher ticket prices.