£5m cinema and restaurant complex opens in Northern Ireland
Cinema chain Omniplex has opened a new seven-screen cinema in Omagh with themed restaurants following a £5m investment.
Omniplex said that the development included an OmniplexMAXX screen - the first large-format screen in the country.
The 35,000 sq ft development has room for 1,000 cinema goers and new restaurants including dinosaur-themed Rexy Jacks and American filling station-themed Hill Billy Fuel.
It also has a click-collect station allowing cinema goers to pick up snacks after ordering them online.
Paul John Anderson, the director of Omniplex Group (Northern Ireland), said: "We are delighted to officially launch Omniplex Omagh.
"Today cinema has become so much more than simply watching a movie.
"Bespoke leather seating, designed with the utmost comfort in mind, the size and structure of the screens along with the latest in high-tech sound technology, help transport the viewer into what becomes a completely immersive film experience in an Omniplex Cinema.
He added: "The addition of our largest OmniplexMAXX screen means that the people of Omagh and surrounding areas can claim one of the best cinema experience offerings in the country."
A 14-screen complex in Lisburn in 1997 was the first Omniplex to be opened by the group. The second was a nine-screen complex in Newry in 1998.
Now the company has a chain of 16 in Northern Ireland.
Speaking in 2011, Mr Anderson said that he hoped to eventually have three of the OmniplexMAXX Screens around Northern Ireland.