15 December 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Film fans rejoice! Monaghan’s new cinema is opening tomorrow, Friday.

The county has been without a cinema for almost three years and Monaghan Omniplex, which is located in the Retail Park on the Clones Road, will open its doors to the public at 2pm on Friday. However, people are invited to head along to the cinema tonight, Thursday, at 8pm as they may get the opportunity for a sneak preview.

The cinema has five screens and the films being shown are Rogue One, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Sully, Office Christmas Party, Ballerina, Trolls and Storks. Monaghan Omniplex employs between 16 and 20 people, all of them local apart from the manager who has been drafted in from Dundalk Omniplex.

Speaking to The Northern Standard, Director of Omniplex Cinemas, Mark Anderson said that the group had a history of investing in cinemas in rural Ireland.

“There hasn’t been a cinema in Monaghan for almost three years and we have a history of investing in cinemas in rural Ireland. Ireland is the highest cinema-going nation in Europe and that’s because of rural cinema investment by the likes of Omniplex. It is a strong and healthy business and this new cinema will also draw people from the hinterland around Monaghan.”

Mr Anderson added that Monaghan Omniplex is the group’s 26th cinema as it has 13 in Northern Ireland and 13 in the Republic.

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