SHREK 2, The Incredibles and The Passion of the Christ were among the big films in the year that a cinema on Forge Island was first mooted.
The plans are finally set for formal approval by Rotherham Council this morning — 16 years later.
A hotel, food and drink outlets, a retail unit, new pedestrian bridge and car parking are also included in phase one.
A second stage would add 50 apartments in a pair of six-storey buildings on the Riverside Precinct and a phase three involves 70 apartments on the old magistrates’ court land.
Royal Mail — one of two objectors — said it backed the redevelopment in principle but raised concerns about added traffic on Main Street disrupting access to its site.
But Ian Ferguson, RMBC senior highways officer, said: “I do not consider that the proposed development traffic would result in a material adverse impact in terms of congestion and delay for existing road users.”
The other objection was from a firm of solicitors which opposes every application from developers Muse after concerns about cladding on a building they bought in Manchester in 2004.
A report going to planning board members ahead of their decision recommended approval and added: “Development of these sites is of key significance to the regeneration of the town centre and will allow Rotherham to realise its vision for the town centre through diversifying the cultural offer.”
The developers will be required to contribute £390 per apartment for town centre improvements and £500 per dwelling for sustainable travel measures.