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02 May 2019

The last twelve months have seen the opening of new cinemas and rejuvenation of old cinemas across Ireland, proving that Irish people are still totally in love with the cinema experience.

Most recently, in April 2019, Kilkenny saw the arrival of a new state-of-the-art twelve screen IMC cinema, featuring a luxurious interior design which includes leather seats for added comfort.

IMC management said they were delighted with the initial response from the public and all the positive feedback received. Located on the quieter, eastern side of the city, the new venue has boosted activity in the area and the building itself has been praised for its sleek and modern design.

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Last summer, East Cork saw the re-opening of one of Ireland’s oldest picture palaces, Regal Cinema, following a €500,000 transformation.

The past has most definitely met the present in this luxurious newly rejuvenated Youghal cinema with art deco interior and restored original features. The main auditorium has seating for 137, including a luxurious 23-seat mezzanine and boasts a 7m-wide screen.

A second arena seats 62, while a third screen, with room for 40, will be available for multi-purpose community use. The complex has three wheelchair-accessible screens with 4k digital projection, Dolby 7.1 sound systems, and stylish French-imported seating.

“We hope to bring Date Night back to Youghal!” says David O’Rourke, director of Redbarn Construction. The company bought the cinema last year for €90,000. “The cinema came up for sale. We thought it would be great for the community to buy and restore its finest details, to protect its vast heritage and history, while adapting it to suit contemporary tastes and habits,” said Mr. O’Rourke.

Co-owner Nick Eagles was delighted to discover that the Regal Cinema re-opened on the exact anniversary of the original launch in 1936, sheer coincidence or a bit of cinema magic?

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Just in time for Christmas, cinema-goers in Co. Meath saw the opening of Arc Navan, former Diamond Digital Cinema, in December 2018.

The Arc Cinema Navan is the North-East's only all-VIP seating cinema with each auditorium boasting extra-large luxurious VIP-style leather rocking seats. Stadium-style tiers guarantee a perfect view from every seat. All screens will use the latest technology with crystal-clear digital projection, 3D and high-frame rate capability, extra-large screens and powerful Dolby Digital 7.1 surround-sound.

“Our cinemas in Drogheda and Wexford have become known for their large leather seats which provide the ultimate in luxury VIP comfort!” said Shane Faulkner, the Arc Cinema’s Regional Manager. “We work hard to provide the best for our customers and we are hugely excited to be able to bring the ARC experience to movie lovers in Navan in 2018."

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With new and old cinemas opening across Ireland and the possibility of more cinemas appearing in the next few months, it’s clear that the Irish people still have a massive appetite for the cinema experience. With the highest cinema attendance in the EU, at 3.4 visits per capita compared to the EU average of 1.7, the cinema industry in Ireland is alive and well!

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Most recently, in April 2019, Kilkenny saw the arrival of a [CO4] new[CO5] state-of-the-art twelve screen IMC cinema, featuring a luxurious interior design which includes leather seats[CO6] for added comfort. [CO7]


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