Newry Omniplex Cinema set to reopen: Here’s all you need to know

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Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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Safety Measures Will Include ‘In-Cinema Seat Separation’.

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Omniplex has announced the phased re-opening of their cinemas across Northern Ireland with five locations opening on Friday 17 July in; Newry, Craigavon, Dundonald, Kennedy Centre, and Lisburn.   



In order for staff and guests to enjoy a safe cinema trip, Omniplex has implemented a range of new measures.

This includes Pre-Booking of tickets – to control the number of patrons in their foyers and auditoriums, tickets need to be booked online.

It also includes In-Cinema Seat Separation – Omniplex say their system will “dynamically lock empty seats around your booking” so you can sit next to your friends but will be distanced from others.

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And Friday’s reopening will have a limited capacity; Omniplex says they are limiting the number of guests at any time in the foyer and their screen capacities will reduce by over 50%.

Plans for the Newry cinema also include enhanced cleaning regimes – including screens and all customer touchpoints.

Guests will find sanitisation stations in each of their cinemas.

Another change to normalcy will be reduced showtimes.



Only one movie will start every 20 minutes to facilitate social distancing and extra cleaning.

These policies will be adapted in line with official guidance.

Speaking to Newry Times, Paul John Anderson, Director of Omniplex Cinemas said, “We’re delighted to be finally re-opening our cinemas over the next few weeks with a selection of popular classic movies.

“Guests will notice some differences during their trip like checking in with a host on entry, directional signage and self-scanning of e-tickets.

“Also, for the first few weeks, tickets will also only be sold online so we can limit the number of guests per show,” he added.



Omniplex Bangor is noticeably absent from the list, and Paul John commented, “We had always planned to close Omniplex Bangor for a major refurbishment.

“We’re aiming to open the new state of the art cinema early in September and it’ll be worth the wait!”

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Fully Irish owned by the Anderson family, Omniplex is the largest cinema chain on the island of Ireland, with over 250 screens in 33 locations.

Omniplex has recently launched a major investment program in the West of Ireland with cinema plans in Ballinasloe, Galway and Killarney and in the Midlands in Longford, Mullingar and Roscommon.

Excited cinema-goers will be able to book tickets online at


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