Omniplex Cinema Group to launch new 9 screen cinema at CastleCourt in Belfast
Omniplex Cinema Group is to unveil a unique cinema experience in Belfast’s CastleCourt Shopping Centre.
The nine-screen cinema is expected to include a licenced bar and super comfort seating within an intimate and luxurious setting.
Omniplex director Paul John Anderson says this development will be like no other the group has undertaken.
“We are going to do something very special in CastleCourt,” he said.
“Expect to see new and never-before-seen levels of luxury, quality and service for an afternoon or night out at the cinema.
“We are incredibly excited by the project which will breathe new life into Belfast’s city centre and we aim to have it fully operational before Christmas 2022.”
Omniplex Cinema Group is one of two new anchor tenants taking over the 80,000sq ft of space vacated by anchor tenant Debenhams earlier this year.
The fit out and construction of the 9-screen cinema will create up to 80 jobs. Once operational, the Omniplex will employ 40 people full and part time.
CastleCourt centre manager Leona Barr says the arrival of Omniplex is a significant step towards the regeneration of Belfast city centre.
“We are thrilled to confirm Omniplex as one of the two new anchor tenants in CastleCourt. Not only are the jobs and investment they bring to the heart of Belfast significant, they will also play a central role in revitalising the city centre,” Ms Barr said.
“The high streets of cities across the UK and Ireland have been changing shape and adapting to the new desires and demands of shoppers and visitors.
“More retail with attractive and substantial leisure attractions as well as quality bars, cafes and restaurants enhances the city centre experience and CastleCourt’s offer will deliver this.”
CastleCourt shopping centre has reported strong performance with a dramatic increase in customer spend since reopening on April 30. It is home to 80 retailers employing a total of 1,000 people.
When it opened in 1990, the brainchild of then Economy minister Sir Richard Needham, it was the largest shopping centre in Northern Ireland with 335,000 sq feet of retail space across two floors.