A new cinema chain will open one of its first British sites in Buckinghamshire this week - but what films will it be showing?

Omniplex Cinema Group, an Ireland-based company with 38 pre-existing locations, announced this week that it had purchased the former Empire Cinema venue on Crest Road in High Wycombe and would open one of its first sites in Britain on Sunday, December 10.

The news came as something of a shock to some High Wycombe locals, as Empire had only ceased its operations in the town a few days before the announcement.

What may have appeared a hasty handover, however, was actually the final nail in the coffin of the former site, which had continued trade as normal while administrators sought a buyer following the collapse of the Empire Cinema brand this summer.

With only three days to go until Omniplex welcomes customers into its newest venue, we've taken a look into the branch's prospective film line-up to get a sense of how the chain is planning to set itself apart from competitors in the area.

While a schedule for the High Wycombe cinema is not yet available to view online, a representative for the Omniplex Group said that next week's showings would fall in line with those of the chain's other branches - promising a mix of new releases and old favourites in the lead-up to Christmas.

On Sunday, the new venue will likely screen a mix of family-friendly films - including Disney's 'Wish' and the highly-anticipated 'Wonka' - alongside Ridley Scott's 'Napoleon', 'Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé' and a trio of festive favourites, with screenings of 'Elf', 'Home Alone' and 'Love Actually'.

While prices for the new cinema are also not yet publicly available, evening showings at Omniplex's Northern Ireland branches clock in at £8.90 per adult ticket.

The chain's main competitor will be the Cineworld cinema inside the Eden Shopping Centre, but Paul John Anderson, director of the Omniplex group, said he believes the brand's success in Ireland and lack of any significant debt stood them in good stead for a profitable and ambitious expansion into Britain.

Omniplex's overall investment project, which will continue over the next 18 months and involve the procurement of other sites across Britain, has a price tag of over £22 million.

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Firmly positioning itself as the "premier cinema company in Ireland", the chain also screens exclusive productions, live sporting events, musicals, concerts and ballets across its venue portfolio, employing "cutting-edge projection and digital sound technology" to get an edge over its rivals.

The new cinema in High Wycombe will also offer a subscription service called 'MyOmniPlus', giving customers access to all screenings, across locations, for a monthly cost of £11.99. 

The films expected to be shown at the new venue are listed below:



Elf (Festive Bring It Back)

Love Actually (Festive Bring It Back)

Home Alone (Festive Bring It Back)


The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

The Marvels

The Miracle Club

Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie


Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain



The Inseparables

Trolls Band Together

Renaissance: A Film By Beyonce