Belfast Telegraph

Omniplex Group considers movies for Bangor and Omagh

By Margaret Canning

Cinema operator Omniplex Group has said it may bring the OmniPark complex to Bangor and Omagh after successful launches in Dundonald and Craigavon.

The company acquired leisure complexes in Dundonald and Craigavon from Turkington Holdings, made up of eight-screen cinemas as well as restaurants and cafes. It now has a total of 11 cinemas in Northern Ireland.

Omniplex said the existing complexes in Dundonald and Craigavon were supporting over 200 jobs and represented investment of £11m - including the input of the restaurants on the sites.

Paul John Anderson, Omniplex operations director, said the complexes were bringing "quality tourism product to vibrant regional areas". He added: "We have demonstrated absolute commitment and faith in Northern Ireland by investing heavily in driving up the quality of cinema and leisure experience.

"In Dundonald we have eight restaurant and café offerings alongside a children's play facility and the cinema which will shortly be extended to 12 screens. In Craigavon we have three restaurants and an eight-screen cinema.

"These business people have to compete with multinational names and by creating a top quality venue which people want to visit."

Eateries Blue Chicago Grill, Sugar Ray's, Lovebird, Burger Shack and Binky's are all operated by the same independent Northern Ireland company, Blue Chicago Restaurant Group.

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