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Construction starts on new £5m Omagh cinema complex

Steelwork appears on the horizon as the new cinema on the Kevlin Road starts to take shape. (Photo: Michael Cullen)

Work is underway on a new £5million seven screen cinema and restaurant complex in Omagh.

Irish cinema chain Omniplex is behind the development on the former Desmond’s Factory site on the Kevlin Road.

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Planning approval was granted for the project in December 2016, two years after Omniplex first announced its plans for Omagh.

Omniplex Operations Director Paul John Anderson had initially hoped to be on site by March, with a view to opening by Christmas 2017.

However with construction beginning in recent weeks, the opening date is likely to be pushed back into next Spring.

Belfast company Mascott Construction is involved in the construction.

The company went into administration last summer, with fellow Belfast firm M&M Construction snapping up the assets and equipment of the insolvent company.

Construction is continuing  apace this week, with steelwork erected on the Kevlin Road site clearly visible to commuters on the busy Great Northern Road.

An artist’s impression of the new Omagh Omniplex site.

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Omniplex pledged that the Omagh project would be a first of its kind in Ireland.

“It will have state-of-the-art digital projection technology, an Omniplex Maxx screen and international standard interior fit-out,” said Paul John Anderson.

The cinema complex will also include restaurant and coffee shop facilities.

“This will be a tremendous asset to Omagh which will not only provide a fabulous facility for local people but will also be an added attraction to tourists and visitors,” he added.

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