THE Omniplex Cinema Group has expressed its continued commitment to its £5 million development planned for Omagh.
The development was first revealed by the Ulster Herald back in January when the major cinema chain revealed plans to build an eight-screen cinema on the derelict site of the former Desmond’s Factory on the Kevlin Road.
However, news broke last weekthat one of Omniplex’s rival firms, Irish Multiplex Cinemas (IMC,) had just purchased the existing Omagh Cinema from the Richardson family and were pushing ahead with a major £2 million refurbishment plan.
Despite this latest development a spokesperson for Omniplex told the Herald it is currently progressing its planning application and is “fully committed” to the extensive Omagh investment which includes provision for restaurant on the site.
The spokesperson said, “Omniplex is committed to its development in Omagh which is currently progressing through the planning process. We hope that will be completed in the near future”.
The Omniplex spokesperson also confirmed that recently announced plans for a new £2.5 to £3 million cinema in the Oaks Centre in Dungannon was additional to the existing proposal for Omagh.
Omniplex operations director Paul Anderson previously explained, “We are prepared to put this money into Omagh and create something that we believe will be positive for the area.”
“We are not here to put anyone out of business.”
Omniplex has also committed to taking part in a jobs fair in Omagh to promote the approximate 60 full and part-time jobs that will be created. It is expected too that the local construction industry would experience a boost in fortunes during the estimated year-long development once planning is approved.