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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Star Wars fans are out in force

Leon Cleary and Shauna Byrne with a Stormtrooper from the 501st Irish Garrison at the Omniplex.
Leon Cleary and Shauna Byrne with a Stormtrooper from the 501st Irish Garrison at the Omniplex.

By Maria Pepper

Wexford Star Wars fans are burning the midnight oil to catch up with the latest movie in the series 'Rogue One' at the Wexford Omniplex cinema in Drinagh.

The cinema put on two special screenings at one minute past midnight on the opening day last week and hundreds of people of all ages turned up, leaving the cinema at the ungodly hour of 2.15 am

'It was released on Thursday, December 15 so the earliest possible time we could screen it was at a minute past midnight so we stayed open in response to demand,' said Omniplex manager Ray Fitzpatrick.

The film is now packing them in with eight screenings every day at the Drinagh cinema, including two late showings (Max and 3D) at 11 pm each night.

'We don't usually have late screenings unless it's a big movie,' said Ray, adding that he expects interest to be high up to the middle of January. 'There's nothing else going up against it at the moment,' he said.

Meanwhile, the cinema was laid under seige last Friday night when official Star Wars Storm Troopers from the 501st Ireland Garrison arrived on a special mission.

The Ireland Garrison is a volunteer organisation which promotes interest in Star Wars and related events. In return for the Storm Troopers' visit, The Omniplex made a donation to 'It's Good to Talk' and Wexford's Educate Together school.

The charity event was organised by Leonard Kelly, chairman of Friends of Its Good to Talk.

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