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Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl to open in £17m Odyssey redevelopment

An artist's impression of the redeveloped Odyssey
An artist's impression of the redeveloped Odyssey
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

UK cinema giant Cineworld and the bowling alley operator Hollywood Bowl are to open in Belfast’s The Odyssey as work gets started on a £17m redevelopment.

Owner Matagorda 2, working with The Odyssey Trust Company, will begin construction work at the end of October. 

It’s due to finish in late spring 2021 — with Matagorda 2 saying it would become Northern Ireland’s number one leisure attraction. 

The build contract has been awarded to Ballymena firm Martin & Hamilton and more than 80 construction jobs will be created during the project.

The Odyssey will partially close in January as work starts.  The separate SSE Arena is unaffected by the redevelopment.

Guy Hollis, consultant for Matagorda 2, said: “We are delighted to be moving forward with our plans to redevelop The Odyssey into the number one leisure destination for families in Northern Ireland with an investment of £17m.

“We will reconfigure the site and introduce a new mix of high quality hospitality, entertainment and leisure offerings which will bring The Odyssey in line with some of the best one site leisure destinations in the world.”

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Matagorda 2 bought The Odyssey three years ago.

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