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Sex And The City 2 tickets are 'flying out the door' as demand soars

SEX And The City mania is sweeping across the capital.

Irish fans of the hit show are following in the footsteps of their US counterparts with advance tickets "flying out the door" ahead of its premiere in four weeks.

Cinemas have been inundated with queries from fans looking to get their hands on the coveted tickets for the new film, which is set to be this summer's biggest blockbuster.

Fashion worshippers eager to see the sequel are using the film as an excuse for a girls' night out as a number of the capital's best known cinemas have reported an unprecedented number of group bookings.

Movies at Dundrum's marketing and events manager Janice Lawlor said that they expect all of their showings to be sold out by next week.

"They are flying out the door. As soon as they were available yesterday, there were women calling up to get tickets," Ms Lawlor said.

"There were loads of people on a waiting list and once we notified them that the advance tickets were available, there have been a large number of tickets sold.

"We have a lot of big group bookings being ordered for about 15 to 20 people. It's a great excuse for a girls' night, a lot of women seem to be going to Harvey Nichols before as well.

"After 2008, we knew this would be big as well. There are still spaces left though, the film will be playing in five different screens."

Ms Lawlor said that she expects the majority of advance tickets for women eager to see Carrie and Co in the upcoming sequel will be scooped up this weekend.

"Since it was announced that tickets would be available from yesterday, loads of people have been calling this morning asking what time the booking line will open," she said.

"I think today staff are going to be hounded by people enquiring about Sex and the City. The film still isn't due until May 29, so I think if it keeps going at this rate we'll definitely be sold out by next week. It's great for the shopping centre as well, everyone planned ahead for this though."

O'Connell Street's Savoy cinema has already sold out of several shows and expects to shift hundreds more tickets over the coming days.

Desmond Keogh, the cinema's duty manager, explained: "We already have sold out of several showings already.

"We seem to be getting a lot of group bookings. Screen One can hold up to 800 people and that showing is already sold out."