Up to 40 cinemas across Ireland will now show the pro-life movie, Unplanned, in response to public demand.

Initially, just four cinemas in the Republic in the IMC and Eclipse chains were scheduled to screen the film, but now the Omniplex chain and other independent cinemas have also booked the movie – which was a box-office hit in the US – to play October 4th to 10th.

Interest in the movie in Ireland grew online and in What’s App groups, with community and parish groups, book clubs, families and individuals posting that they wanted to see the movie for its compelling storyline and message of redemption.

Unplanned tells the story of Abby Johnson who worked for eight years with America’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, until she had a dramatic change of heart after witnessing an abortion.

Johnson was called in to assist in an ultrasound-guided abortion for the first time in September 2009, and was distressed to note how much the unborn child looked like the image she had seen of her own daughter in the womb.

She then watched in horror as the baby, who she had argued was incapable of feeling anything, squirmed and twisted to avoid the abortion instrument. It was a moment of reckoning that the movie sums up as “what she saw changed everything”.

The first screenings of Unplanned in Ireland during the summer were held as fundraisers for crisis pregnancy support group GiannaCare and, this week, the Life Institute urged those going to see the movie to be motivated to contribute to the important work for mothers and babies.

“Go see Unplanned and be motivated to respond in the most compassionate way possible – by reaching out to help GiannaCare who offer women a better answer than abortion. That’s the core message of this film, that we have to help women in crisis or the abortion industry moves in to destroy the lives of both mother and child,” they said in a statement.

GiannaCare says it is committed to providing compassion, accurate information and support to anyone facing a pregnancy or in need after an abortion, and to “remove or at least minimise the barriers for women and their families preventing them from continuing their pregnancy”.

The movie was an major success in the US, becoming the fourth-highest grossing film in the country on its opening weekend.

 

NORTHERN IRELAND:

IMC Omagh
Opens OCTOBER 4
Tickets: imccinemas.ie/Whats-On/Omagh

Omniplex (ALL LOCATIONS)
Opens OCTOBER 4
https://www.omniplex.ie/

The Ritz Multiplex in Cookstown
Opens OCTOBER 4
Tickets: ritzmultiplex.com/whats-on/unplanned

Brunswick Moviebowl in Derry
Opens OCTOBER 4
Tickets: brunswickmoviebowl.com

Odeon Belfast:
Stanton Healthcare special one night event
Tuesday OCTOBER 8 @ 7pm
Tickets through EventBrite

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:

IMC Dublin Savoy
Opens OCTOBER 4
imccinemas.ie/Whats-On/Savoy-Dublin

IMC Tallaght
Opens OCTOBER 4
imccinemas.ie/Event-Details/Tallaght/Unplanned

IMC Dun Laoghaire
Opens OCTOBER 4
imccinemas.ie/Event-Details/Dun-Laoghaire/Unplanned

Omniplex (ALL LOCATIONS)
Arklow, Cork, Dundalk, Limerick, Rathmines, Salthill, Sligo, Tralee & Wexford Antrim, Banbridge, Bangor, Craigavon, Derry, Dundonald, Kennedy, Larne, Lisburn & Newry
https://www.omniplex.ie/

Eclipse Lifford Strabane
Opens OCTOBER 4
liffordcp.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=51628

Eclipse Bundoran
Opens OCTOBER 11
eclipsecinemas.net/index.php?__site=ECLIPSEBD