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New €10m cinema planned for roof of Stephen’s Green

A new €10m cinema will bring 100 jobs and a new level of 3D to Dublin in 2011.

Plans are afoot for the development of a 12- screen cinema complex on the roof of St Stephen's Green car park.

Omniplex Holdings said the venture will create “one of the busiest cinemas in the country” and host a programme of live 3D events, such as opera and sporting activities.

Negotiations

“We're at a very early stage,” a spokesperson told the Herald. “We're in the process of compiling plans and we're hoping to lodge the planning application next month.”

After nine months of negotiations, a deal has been signed between the company and the landlords of the Stephen's Green Centre for what will be the first multiplex cinema on the southside of Dublin city centre.

The project is being fronted by the same company that recently opened a new Omniplex cinema at the Swan Centre in Rathmines.

“It will be one of the busiest cinemas in the country,” the spokesperson said. “We expect that employment will exceed 100 full and part-time staff.”

The development will be the first mainstream cinema on the south side of the city centre since the Green Cinema closed 25 years ago.

The only other cinema south of the Liffey is the Screen cinema on D'Olier Street which is also owned by the Omniplex.

Asked whether the arrival of a state-of-the-art cinema will have a negative impact on the smaller Screen outfit, which is owned by the same company, a company representative said that there is enough business for both.

“They are going to cater for a different market,” he said.

“We don't want to jeopardise Screen. We've made a substantial investment in Screen, digitalising all the screens and doing up the foyer.”

Most of the Stephen's Green structure will be assembled offsite and then lifted on to the top of the car park.

Architects believe that the existing centre can take the extra capacity, meaning that additional structural supports will not be needed.

Benefit

Omniplex said it hopes to open in summer 2011 and is already planning a variety of 3D events, which could include the screening of Formula One races.

It anticipates getting planning permission on the grounds that the cinema will hugely benefit the area.

“With the south city centre providing a substantial range of bars, restaurants and evening venues, this opportunity presents a potentially very positive development for the city,” said the company.