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Dublin Road Movie House Belfast issue statement as Kainos buys site

Belfast-based software company Kainos has bought the Bankmore Square site, which is currently home to the Movie House Cinema in the city centre, for more than £7m. The cinema is due to close its doors at the end of May after 12 years operating at the site. Movie House managing director Michael McAdam said closing was "a difficult decision" made with "a heavy heart". "Recently we've seen a big shift in cinema attendance out of Belfast city centre to suburban cinemas, which offer free parking," he said. Mr McAdam said his company hoped to be in a position to offers jobs to the cinema's 33 full and part-time staff members.

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The Dublin Road site has planning permission for a 250,000 square foot Grade A office building. Brendan Mooney, chief executive, said: "As well as the additional capacity that the office will bring, this investment, and the location of our new HQ, signals our commitment to retaining and attracting the best staff." Bosses at Movie House Cinemas have announced the impending closure of one of its key sites. The Dublin Road cinema will close its doors at the end of May after software firm Kainos bought the site. The company revealed on Tuesday morning it had bought the Bankmore Square site which is currently home to the Movie House Cinema in the city centre. Michael McAdam, Movie House Cinemas, Managing Director said it was with a "heavy heart" that they have decided to close after 12 years trading.

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He said recently they had noticed a "big shift in cinema attendance out of Belfast city centre to suburban cinemas, which offer free parking". "We are a small, family owned business and would like to thank our customers who have supported us over the years and hope to welcome them at our other cinemas." The Dublin Road site has planning permission for a 250,000 square foot Grade A office building, but Kainos will be submitting a revised planning application. CEO of Kainos, Brendan Mooney said: "Our people remain central to everything we do and we want to ensure that our staff work in the best environment possible, and Bankmore Square allows us the opportunity to create a superb, modern and innovative office for our people. "As well as the additional capacity that the office will bring, this investment, and the location of our new HQ, signals our commitment to retaining and attracting the best staff. Belfast Moviehouse cinema closure confirmed for May - site bought by software firm BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A Belfast-city centre cinema is to close in May after its site was bought by a software company as its new headquarters.

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-ireland/belfast-moviehouse-cinema-closure-confirmed-for-may-site-bought-by-software-firm-37807921.html -ireland/article35722489.ece/f107e/AUTOCROP/h342/2017-05-17_new_31222524_I1.JPG A Belfast-city centre cinema is to close in May after its site was bought by a software company as its new headquarters. Kainos, a provider of digital services and platforms, has bought the Dublin Road Movie House site at Bankmore Square. The site has planning permission for a replacement 250,00 square foot Grade A office building, although Kainos will be submitting a revised planning application. Michael McAdam, Movie House Cinemas, managing director, said: "We've been trading at Dublin Road for 12 years but recently we've seen a big shift in cinema attendance out of Belfast city centre to suburban cinemas, which offer free parking. It is with a heavy heart that we decided on the latter and we wish Kainos every success with the redevelopment of the site for their new headquarters.

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"Dublin Road Movie House is due to close at the end of May and we hope to be in a position to offer jobs to the 33 full and part time staff members at our other cinemas at that time. "We are a small, family owned business and would like tot hank our customers who have supported us over the years and hope to welcome them at our other cinemas." Brendan Mooney, Kainos chief executive, said: "Our people remain central to everything we do and we want to ensure that our staff work in the best environment possible, and Bankmore Square allows us the opportunity to create a superb, modern and innovative office for our people. "As well as the additional capacity that the office will bring, this investment, and the location of our new HQ, signals our commitment to retaining and attracting the best staff. Listed digital services and platforms provider Kainos Group has agreed a £7.05m deal to acquire a site for the development of its future Belfast headquarters. Bankmore Square, on the city's Dublin Road, is being acquired from its current owner Movie House Cinemas Ltd. The site received planning committee approval in May 2017 for a replacement 250,000 sq ft grade A office building, although Kainos will be submitting a revised planning application.

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Kainos said the new premises will allow it to grow and scale its workforce to support the next stage of the group's growth. "Our people remain central to everything we do and we want to ensure that our staff work in the best environment possible," said Kainos chief executive Brendan Mooney. "As well as the additional capacity that the office will bring to our business and workforce, this investment, and the location of our new HQ, signals our commitment to retaining and attracting the best staff. Belfast Movie House To Close In May The Movie House cinema in Belfast city centre is set to close, it has emerged.The Dublin Road facility has announced its impending closure at the end of May after it was bought by software firm Kainos.The company plans to turn the Bankmore Square site into its new headquarters.Michael McAdam, Movie House Cinemas, managing director, said: "We've been trading at Dublin Road for 12 years but recently we've seen a big shift in cinema attendance out of Belfast city centre to suburban cinemas, which offer free parking."It was a very difficult decision whether to sell or reinvest in the site. It is with a heavy heart that we decided on the latter and we wish Kainos every success with the redevelopment of the site for their new headquarters."Dublin Road Movie House is due to close at the end of May and we hope to be in a position to offer jobs to the 33 full and part time staff members at our other cinemas at that time."We are a small, family owned business and would like to thank our customers who have supported us over the years and hope to welcome them at our other cinemas."Planning permission has been granted for a 250,000 square foot Grade A office building, but the new occupants will be submitting a revised planning application.CEO of Kainos, Brendan Mooney, said: "Our people remain central to everything we do and we want to ensure that our staff work in the best environment possible, and Bankmore Square allows us the opportunity to create a superb, modern and innovative office for our people."As well as the additional capacity that the office will bring, this investment, and the location of our new HQ, signals our commitment to retaining and attracting the best staff.

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Architects in plan for Dublin Road 'Golden Mile' revamp BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Architects have unveiled plans to revitalise part of Belfast's so-called Golden Mile on Dublin Road in a construction project bringing 50 jobs. -ireland/architects-in-plan-for-dublin-road-golden-mile-revamp-37804717.html Architects have unveiled plans to revitalise part of Belfast's so-called Golden Mile on Dublin Road in a construction project bringing 50 jobs. Planning consultants O'Toole and Starkey are today hosting a pre-application public event at the city centre's Clayton Hotel to discuss the plans for 57 to 59 and 61 to 63 Dublin Road with the public. The sites are beside apartment development The Gallery, which was built by property developer Gary McCausland and Richland Group - also behind the proposed Bankmore Square development on Dublin Road. Like Architects said it had worked with planning consultants to develop a design of similar height to The Gallery, which would provide "a complementary addition to the street". The planning consultants said that the development brought a "welcome boost to the immediate surrounding area, which continues to grow with the recently constructed student housing scheme, Botanic Studios at one end of Dublin Road and the recently approved office development, Bankmore Square at the other". Michael Martin, director of Like Architects, said: "This high quality residential scheme will deliver much needed homes on one of Belfast's main arterial routes. The new proposal will help to continue the regeneration of this part of the Golden Mile and complement the successful Gallery development with a similar offer of residential units." The firm said that the project was a "significant investment" which would bring 50 jobs during construction.

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