Belfast Telegraph

Odyssey Bowl set to reopen

By clare weir

The Odyssey Bowl will reopen next month with the creation of over 20 jobs thanks to the intervention of a rival of its cinema neighbour.

The administrator of the Odyssey Pavilion LLP in Belfast confirmed it has entered into a management agreement with Movie House Cinemas to reopen the Odyssey Bowl on December 3.

Movie House Cinemas is a rival operator to Odyssey Cinemas, one of the main attractions at the pavilion.

Odyssey Bowl Ltd, which ran the bowling alley in the pavilion, went into liquidation in June.

John Hansen from accounting firm KPMG said that the news was welcome, particularly in the run-up to the busy Christmas season.

"Movie House Cinemas Ltd is a well-known operator of entertainment venues," he said.

"We are delighted to have reached a management agreement with them to get the Bowl reopened and running in time for the busy Christmas period."

Michael McAdam, managing director of Movie House Cinemas, which runs cinemas in Glengormley, Maghera, Coleraine and two in Belfast, said he was pleased to be taking over the reins at the Odyssey Bowl.

"The bowling centre will employ 26 people - 10 full time and 16 part time," Mr McAdam said.

"Movie House has extensive experience in running a successful bowling operation as it owns and operates Superstrikes Bowling at the Jet Centre in Coleraine.

"We look forward to managing the Odyssey Bowl and helping to bring it to life again to complement the entertainment offer at the Odyssey Pavilion. We feel the business has great potential."