Stephen's Green to get the silver screen
AN Bord Pleanala has given the green light for a new 11-screen cinema on top of the car park at Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.
While last year sources close to the developers said that they hoped to start work on the project in 2011, a spokesperson has said that it is "still at the very early stages of the process. "
The cinema is being developed by the shopping centre's landlords in conjunction with Ward Anderson, the country's long-established and largest cinema chain. Irish Life Assurance is the majority shareholder in the shopping centre with Ventasker Ltd, owned by Pierce Moloney and Aidan Masterson, also a shareholder.
Ward Anderson operates the only other commercial south-city cinema, The Screen, and is also planning to re-open the cinema at The Square in Tallaght.
Irish people are some of the most regular cinema-goers in the world, with audiences of around 17 million people per year.