Image source, Savills NI Image caption, Debenhams left a hole in the supply of shopping centers in Northern Ireland
Part of the former Debenhams unit in Belfast's Castlecourt shopping center will be turned into a cinema.
Omniplex Cinema Group is one of two new key tenants taking over the space, with plans for a new cinemaeuf halls and licensed bar.
The construction phase will create up to 80 jobs and once opened, the cinema will employ 40 full-time and part-time people.
The group aims to be operational from here Christmas 2022.
When Debenhams went into administration , this left a hole in the supply of several shopping centers in Northern Ireland.
This is an example of how the cities and downtowns are moving away from retail to "experiences ".
Image caption, Debenhams was a main tenant at Belfast CastleCourt
Director Paul John Anderson said: "We're going to do something very special at CastleCourt. Expect to see new levels of luxury, quality and service for an afternoon or night at the movies. "
CastleCourt Center Manager Leona Barr said: "We are delighted to confirm Omniplex as one of CastleCourt's two new key tenants.
"Not only are the jobs and investments they bring to the heart of Belfast important, they will also play a central role in the revitalization of the city center.
She added: " The shopping streets of cities in UK and Ireland have changed shape and adapt to the new desires and demands of shoppers and visitors.
"More shopping with attractive and substantial leisure attractions as well as quality bars, cafes and restaurants enhance the downtown experience and CastleCourt's offering will meet that. ' "