FLATS that have been built in a former cinema will be listed for sale next year.

The Grade-II listed 80-year-old Art Deco building in Gloucester Place, Brighton, was torn down in 2018 to make way for a block of luxury flats.

Called ROX Brighton, the scheme is in the town centre Valley Gardens conservation area.

Prices start at £199,000 for a studio apartment.

The scheme to turn the building into the “Brighton Rox” apartment complex was approved after several delays and rejected planning applications.

The Ktesius scheme comprises 70 one, two, three and four bedroom flats and commercial units in the basement and on the ground floor looking out on Gloucester Place.

The developers will pay the city £1.6 million in lieu of including any affordable homes.

Ken MacRae, CEO, Ktesius Projects, said: “Brighton has long been the go-to area for those looking to enjoy a great quality of life, where you have everything on your doorstep, while now also super convenient for commuters into London. ROX Brighton is breathing new life into this area to provide high quality new homes and amenity space that will help create a new standard for Brighton living. Early interest has already been strong, reflecting the location, design and ambition of the build.”

The former theatre, cinema and bingo hall has lain empty since 1997.

In 2015 property developer Mike Holland, who was jailed for manslaughter in connection to the death of a workman on one of his sites, received permission to knock it down. He bought the cinema for £2.2 million from Brighton dance company Stomp in 2001.

He was given planning permission to knock it down and replace it with offices, shops, cafes and flats but the work never began.

He sold it on to a student housing firm, who then sold it to Ktesius Projects, whose plans for the scheme were approved after appeal.