Omniplex appeals decision on new cinema

The decision to grant planning permission for a new cinema at MacDonagh Junction has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála by the city’s current cinema, the Kilkenny Omniplex.

The decision to grant planning permission for a new cinema at MacDonagh Junction has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála by the city’s current cinema, the Kilkenny Omniplex.

The Omniplex had also objected to the original planning application. As outlined in the planning file, the argument was that “the proposed development would undermine the viability of the existing cinema, a long established town-centre use; the proposed development would compromise the existing cinema as admissions have been constantly declining since 2007; increased parking demand has not been accounted for; adequate details in relation to noise attenuation have not been submitted and the impact on residential amenity has not been addressed.”

The proposed cinema at MacDonagh Junction is a six-screen, 1,004-seat multiplex cinema building with a gross floor space of approximately 2,562 square metres.