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Monday 25 September 2017

New music venue planned for site of Screen Cinema

How the venue on Screen Cinema site will look
How the venue on Screen Cinema site will look

Developers are bidding to build a new 520-seat entertainment venue on the site of the old Screen Cinema near Trinity College.

The Marlet Property Group, led by chief executive Pat Crean, has applied for a 10-storey mixed use development that will include the venue.

The plan involves the demolition of the nine-storey College House.

The venue will be operated by Paddy McKillen Jnr's Press Up group.

A letter from Mr McKillen to the council says the plan comprises a viable commercial proposal that will meet an identified gap in the market in the city.

Mr McKillen said he was at an advanced stage of negotiations with Marlet Group subsidiary Balark to operate the venue.

The Press Up group already operates the Dean Hotel and a host of other venues.

Vibrant

Consultants for the developers said the planned venue would fill a gap between smaller, more intimate clubs such as the Sugar Club that has seating for 350 people and large city venues such as the Button Factory.

They added that the venue will contribute to the creation of a new, vibrant and dynamic quarter within the Hawkins House block and would act as a link between Grafton Street, Temple Bar and the docklands.

They said it would act as a focal point for surrounding restaurants, cafes, markets and galleries and would extend the use of the block from day to night time to ensure a vibrant and exciting destination in the new precinct.

The development is to include an interactive screen, serving as a reminder of the former Screen Cinema, which will be located at mezzazine level to help provide "a screen for the city", highlighting current performances or upcoming events.

A planner's report for the overall development says that it has been developed alongside the revamp of Apollo House and Hawkins House.

The document added that it was intended to replace the existing College House with a building of similar height.

The report said the development would provide state-of-the-art office facilities that could serve as the headquarters of leading national or international companies.

A decision on the application is due next month.

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