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Cinema chain to close for one day following death of founder

Leo Ward passed away yesterday aged 94.

Image: IMC Cinemas

SOME IRISH MULTIPLEX Cinemas will close their doors tomorrow, 31 January, as a mark of respect following the death of co-founder and director, Leo Ward.

The cinema mogul passed away peacefully at his home yesterday aged 94.

He is survived by his three children Carol, Paul and Jean, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ward set up the Dublin Cinema Group with his half brother Kevin Anderson, and operate two main cinema chains, Omniplex and IMC . The group’s companies own 23 cinemas in Ireland and 12 cinemas in Northern Ireland.

Just last week the two families settled out of court a long-running dispute over their joint ownership of some of the cinemas.

A statement on the IMC website said the following cinemas will close tomorrow:

  • Omniplex Carlow
  • Omniplex Clonmel
  • Omniplex Cork
  • Savoy Dublin
  • Screen Dublin
  • Omniplex Enniskillen
  • Omniplex Galway
  • Omniplex Kilkenny
  • Omniplex Longford
  • Omniplex Oranmore
  • Omniplex Santry
  • Omniplex Tralee
  • Omniplex Tullamore
  • Omniplex Wexford
  • IMC Athlone
  • IMC Ballymena
  • IMC Dun Laoghaire
  • IMC Dundalk
  • IMC Killarney
  • IMC Mullingar
  • IMC Tallaght
  • IMC Thurles

Ward’s removal will take place today from Fanagans Funeral Home, Lower Kimmage Road to the Church of St. Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus arriving at 3.30pm. Requiem Mass will be held tomorrow at 10am in Mount Argus Church followed by burial in Shanganagh Cemetery.

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Amy Croffey

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