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Sunday 17 December 2017

Film fans ready to flock to The Arc cinema

By Maria Pepper

Workers put the finishing touches to the facade of the cinema yesterday (Monday).
Workers put the finishing touches to the facade of the cinema yesterday (Monday).

Wexford's new cinema The Arc will open on Thursday night, August 3 with a special preview screening of the film 'Valerian' for 140 winners of a competition organised to celebrate the launch.

The cinema which lay empty for almost 10 years following the opening of the Omniplex Cinema at Drinagh on the Rosslare Road, has been renovated and refurbished by Loughlinstown-based Melcorpo Commercial Properties Ltd, new owners of the Redmond Square Shopping Centre.

The company which also owns The Arc cinema in Drogheda is injecting approximately €5 million into the square development including the substantial cost of transforming the dilapidated cinema into a luxury facility with reclining leather seats and state-of-the-art sound system and projection.

The Arc will open to the general public on Friday, August 4 with online bookings available on the cinema website since last Tuesday morning. People can still enter the Facebook competition for opening night tickets.

The cinema has three separate creens with 148, 85 and 52 seats to cater for movie audiences and in the opening week, the following films will be show - Emoji, Dunkirk, Captain Underpants, Girls Trip, Valerian and Despicable Me 3 with a range of matinee and evening showings.

The new manager is Wexford native Declan Kelly who is returning to his home town with his family to take over the position, having previously been manager for a number of years of The Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.

Nine staff have been recruited to run the cinema which will open at 11 am every day during the summer months and school holiday periods. A large number of applications were received when the jobs were advertised recently, according to a Melcorpo spokesman.

Wexford People

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