Lights, Camera, Wigan! Omniplex Brings Blockbuster Experience to Town with New Cinema


Omniplex Cinema Group plans to open a luxurious 11-screen cinema in Wigan after acquiring and renovating the former Empire Cinema location. The renovated cinema will feature premium seating, food and drink options, and a new OmniplexMAXX large format screen.

Omniplex Cinema Group, one of the UK and Ireland’s largest cinema chains, have announced ambitious plans to open a rebranded 11-screen cinema in Wigan after acquiring the former Empire Cinema location at Robin Park.

With blockbusters like Deadpool 3Despicable Me 4 and Twisters on the horizon, film fans in Wigan can enjoy cinematic adventures in ultimate comfort with Omniplex set to install fully electric Recline seating throughout and luxurious sofa beds in select screens.

The location will be given a new lease of life, with customers stepping into a space which evokes a boutique festival style and experience. On entering the foyer, cinemagoers will be greeted with welcoming food and drinks trucks serving everything from pizza slices to grilled sandwiches, soft drinks, beers and cocktails.

Best of all, Omniplex has announced a new OmniplexMAXX screen will be coming to Wigan in time for the summer opening. OmniplexMAXX is the cinema chain’s Premium Large Format and immerses the viewer through three key senses: sight, sound and feel. Each OmniplexMAXX screen incorporates luxury Recline seating, an extra-large screen for the ultimate viewing experience and a Dolby Atmos 3D sound system.

Speaking about the announcement, Paul John Anderson, Director of the Omniplex Cinema Group said: “We are delighted to announce that we will be opening an Omniplex cinema in Wigan and can kick off our ambitious renovation plans, plans which we know will deliver a truly premium experience for our customers and allow them to watch films in the ultimate comfort.”

“We know cinemas are an important pillar of the community in Wigan, and with our significant investment set to deliver new luxury seating, a premium large format screen and extensive food and beverage options, we know our brand of cinematic experience will be a sure-fire hit with film fans in the area.”

The acquisition of the former Empire Cinema in Wigan, a deal which was advised upon by commercial agents Avison Young, comes after news of Omniplex Cinema Group’s expansion into Great last year, with the cinema company making an investment of £22.5 million over 18 months to acquire and refurbish existing Empire Cinema locations across Great Britain.

Omniplex first opened its doors to customers in Ireland in 1991 and has since amassed 353 screens across 43 cinema locations. The cinema company is renowned for its state-of-the-art projection and digital sound facilities, as well as diverse programming, which includes sporting events, musicals, concerts, and ballet in addition to the latest cinema releases.