New hope of reel deal at Light House
HOPES have been raised that Dublin's Light House cinema will reopen as an arthouse movie theatre.
A number of cinema operators have expressed an interest in taking over the business, it emerged today.
The arthouse venture in Smithfield, Dublin 7, closed in April after the High Court made an order to wind it up.
Now, the accountant appointed as receiver and manager to the business, Neil Hughes of Hughes Blake, said a number of parties could take over the premises.
"There have been a number of parties that have expressed interest," receiver Mr Hughes told the Herald.
The closing date for expressions was yesterday.
Mr Hughes was appointed by a consortium made up of the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. He said all the responses will then be assessed and, along with the landlord and the consortium, a decision will be made.
Labour councillor Emer Costello said she is hopeful the cinema might be able to reopen again in October. However, she is looking to ensure it remains an arthouse theatre and has tabled a motion on the issue for the city council.
Cllr Costello said she wants to see a "cultural plan" being drawn up for Smithfield. "There is no coordination about what is cultural space and what is retail space," she added.
Labour TD Joe Costello told the Herald it is hoped the cinema will be "up and running again" in the autumn.
He added that Smithfield needs to be opened up to a greater level of activity, increasing the footfall in the zone.