City councillors support plans for Limerick theatre

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

CITY councillors have urged the local authority to back plans for a new independent cinema in the city “100 per cent”.

CITY councillors have urged the local authority to back plans for a new independent cinema in the city “100 per cent”.

At this week’s council meeting, members were shown €5.3m plans to transform the old Theatre Royal in Upper Cecil Street into a state-of-the-art four screen cinema.

If it gets funding, and planning permission, it will mean at least 30 jobs for local builders, as well as a significant economic boost to the city.

The owners of the building, the City VEC is spearheading the project, and its chief executive Paul Patton hopes that up to 2,000 people will come to the cinema, which will also house a cultural centre and exhibition space, editing suites and a cafe/bar. A planning application is due in February.

As well as blockbuster movies, he said that local producers will also see their work displayed.

The total bill for the project will reach €5.3m - including €4m in construction.

Mr Patton is hoping for funds from the Department of Arts, and private investors.