Thursday 18 January 2018

New 520-seat venue planned for old Screen cinema site on Dublin's Pearse Street

The now-closed Screen Cinema on Pearse Street
The now-closed Screen Cinema on Pearse Street

Gordon Deegan

Developers are bidding to construct a new entertainment venue on the site of the old Screen cinema on Pearse Street in Dublin.

In the application, the Marlet Property Group, led by CEO Pat Crean, have applied for a 10-storey mixed-use development that will include a 520-seat venue.

The plan will involve the demolition of the nine-storey College House building.

The planned venue is set to be operated by Paddy McKillen Jnr's Press Up group. A letter from Mr McKillen Jnr to the city council states that the venue plan comprises of a viable commercial proposal which will meet an identified gap in the market within Dublin.

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

The Press Up group already operates the Everleigh Garden nightclub, The Dean hotel and a host of other venues.

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

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

They state that the performance venue in the development will act as a focal point for surrounding restaurants, cafes, markets and galleries.

The report states that the proposed development will provide office facilities that can potentially serve as headquarters of leading national or international companies.

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