Airtastic bowling alley

Plans approved for new leisure facility north of Belfast

The thumbs up has been given for the development of an extensive new leisure and activities facility on the site of a former Toys ‘R’ Us store in Newtownabbey. Brought forward by JHT Property Development, the plans involve the change of use from retail to leisure with a new first floor mezzanine in order to accommodate the new indoor leisure facility, which will be operated by Airtastic. Airtastic currently operate four entertainment centres at Bangor, Cork, Belfast Westwood Centre and Craigavon. Measuring approximately 48,000 sq ft of indoor floor space,…

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Ogas Cantina

Big brands and properties drive leisure entertainment sector

In part one of RLI’s look at Retail and Brand Experience, International Immersive Technology specialist, Kevin Williams of KWP, presents an overview of the key areas of investment seen driving the deployment of high-profile brands and properties into the leisure entertainment sector – charting the landscape and the opportunities in theme parks, VR attractions and beyond. The importance of brand licensing in the explosion of investment in the Out-of-Home entertainment sector has not been lost on anyone. Major new entertainment venue investments looking to marry with a strong and recognisable…

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Belfast Dublin Rd Movie House

High tech offices to replace central Belfast cinema

Movie House Cinemas has confirmed their Dublin Road cinema will close on April 26. The managing director of Movie House Michael McAdam said he wished to thank staff who kept the cinema operating in uncertain conditions while the final closing date was agreed. It’s after IT company Kainos started the process of seeking planning permission for new headquarters expected to cost tens of millions of pounds at the site earlier this month. Staff at the Dublin Road cinema have been offered employment at other cinemas. Mr McAdam said: “We were…

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