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Sunday 21 January 2018

Drive-in cinema operators plan to set up in the capital

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

THE operators of Ireland's only drive-in cinema, which is located in Cork, are planning a similar venture in the capital.

Stephen Redmond, whose company is Movie Junction, plans to use what was a car-storage compound at Dublin Port for a two-screen cinema.

Mr Redmond confirmed the plans to the Irish Independent but did not provide any further details. Elodie Redmond and business partner John Caulfield are also behind the firm.

Dublin Port was unable to elaborate on the plans.

Mr Redmond and Mr Caulfield plotted the opening of the Cork drive-in cinema back in 2005 when a temporary drive-in cinema operated there as part of the Cork City of Culture activities.

Their drive-in opened in November 2010 and is located at Fota Retail Park. It has proved popular and a success.

Windscreens

The cinema can accommodate about 100 vehicles and charges €16 for a couple.

Visitors can also order pizza when on site, while their cars are protected from the elements to prevent rain obscuring windscreens. Heaters are provided to prevent windscreens misting over when car engines are turned off.

It is believed that the planned Dublin drive-in cinema will be located close to the former Irish Glass site in Ringsend.

UK-based Odeon Cinemas, owned by private equity group Terra Firma, recently opened a six-screen multiplex at the Point Village, not far from the intended site for the drive-in cinema.

Dublin Port has plans to shift another car compound from its existing location, opposite its head office, to a new 4.3 hectare site across the road.

That will require the construction of a new bridge but will free up space that can be used as extra roll-on roll-off ferry capacity.

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