A new 11-screen movie complex with 1,850 seats is in the offing for the top of the St Stephens Green shopping centre, The Sunday Tribune reports. The Anderson family, owners of the Omniplex chain, has been given the thumbs up for the €9m project, which will be the first cineplex in the south city centre.

Cinema is one of the few businesses to thrive in the recession with healthy box-office takings despite the downturn.

Meanwhile, His and Hers, a film in which 70 Irish women talk about the men in their lives, has taken in more than €300,000 at the box office in the Republic, making it the most successful Irish documentary ever shown in this country, The Sunday Business Post reports.

Describing it as a labour of love, the director Ken Wardrop told the newspaper about the tight budget he operated under.

“We had only so much petrol money, so we had to stick to two cars and we could only go a certain mileage and we divided the money out in that way,” he said. “The producer, Andrew (Freedman), did magical work in keeping us all on budget and our mothers were kind enough to fill our fridges.”

Frugality paid off. The movie has taken in more than three times its production budget in the 13 weeks since its release.

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