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New ruling call on cinema deal

A High Court judge is to make a new decision on a cinema operator's bid to cancel a multi-million pound lease at Belfast's Odyssey Centre due to noise problems.

The Court of Appeal yesterday referred the case back for a ruling on whether Dublin-based businessman Patrick O'Sullivan can rescind his contract or instead be awarded damages.

Mr O'Sullivan's company, Odyssey Cinemas Ltd, has been seeking an order to scrap a sub-lease agreement entered into in May 2006 and estimated to be worth up to £20m.

His lawyers argued that there had been noise from the very opening of the cinema in 2002, and that it persisted over the years, with a number of unsuccessful attempts to resolve it.

The difficulties are said to affect three of the 12 screens at the Storm multiplex, and a variety of reasons were identified.

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