Revamp plan for Worthing entertainment complex

A SEAFRONT entertainments complex has been acquired by new leaseholders who plan to revamp it.

AMC Leisure Ltd took over most of Connaught Leisure, Marine Parade, Worthing, from the O’Neill family, which will retain only the ground-floor amusement arcade.

The firm now intends to install 30 new LCD TV screens, plus golf simulators and new darts-playing areas, and refurbish pool tables.

No costs have been made public, but AMC now has a 25-year lease for more than 15,000 sq ft of the venue over three floors, including the Empress suite function room and rooftop terrace.

Occasions Club will be transformed into a sports bar and late-night entertainment venue.

Ambitious plans

The deal does not include the basement nightclub or Connaught Corner House restaurant.

Steve Berrett, a partner at Michael Jones Commercial, which marketed the venue, said AMC ran pubs and clubs in London.

He said: “AMC has shown a real desire right from the very start to bring new life into the whole building through their enterprise and investment.” Andrew Connor, of AMC, said: “We have some ambitious plans for the place and hope to build on the legacy left by the O’Neill family.

“I have been extremely lucky to not only inherit a superb customer base on which I can build, but also great staff.”

Pat O’Neill opened Connaught Leisure in 1984. He died, in 2009, aged 76.