The team behind the Sun Theatre in Yarraville is opening a second venue, on Albert Street in Footscray.

Co-owner of the cinema Michael Smith told Star Weekly the new cinema will have up to eight screens.

The theatre is part of a $70 million complex on the former site of Forges department store, which has been vacant since 2008. The Maribyrnong Council approved plans for the complex in late April.

Ahead of the planned opening of the new Sun in 2019, the Sun will run a cinema pop-up over the next two summers on the rooftop of a building next to the Footscray site.

This article was update on June 16, 2017.