WHEN completed, the new £5 million Omniplex Cinema in Omagh will have seven screens and a restaurant complex.
The development, by the well-known Irish cinema chain, is also generating a total of 65 full-time and part-times jobs and a date for the complex’s ‘soft opening’ has been set for Wednesday March 21 next.
This week, a spokesperson for Omniplex told the UH that, contrary to some opinions, the new facility is “definitely beautiful.”
“This is an aesthetically pleasing building and is definitely beautiful,” the spokesperson said. “There is more work to be done in terms of its visual appearance and the addition of signage and branding around the site will make it even more attractive.”
However, it was also confirmed that the black facade of the building will not be changing as work is completed. Omniplex first unveiled its plans for the site of the former Desmonds factory on the Kevlin Road in 2014. The area had become derelict as a result of laying vacant for 15 years prior to the submission of the plans by Omniplex.
Following the departure of Desmonds, the site had also been earmarked at one point for a health village, but those ambitious plans eventually fell through.
Now Omniplex hope to bring a ‘totally new build concept’ which will be the first of its kind in Ireland.
There will be state-of-the-art digital projection technology an Omniplex Maxx screen and an interior fit-out completed to international standards.
Currently, the company is now preparing for its ‘soft opening’ which is expected to give people in the Omagh area a chance to get a first viewing of the new cinema, its modern technologies and new restaurants.
“This will be a family orientated complex with restaurant and coffee shop facilities on a par with our very successful operations in Craigavon and Dundonald,” operations director for Omniplex, Paul John Anderson said last year.