Table service, cocktail bar, and beds part of luxury cinema experience at restored Stella Theatre in Rathmines
Beds, table service, and a cocktail bar will be some of the luxurious additions to the cinematic experience at the newly refurbished Stella Cinema in Rathmines.
The Stella Theatre has been in existence for 94 years and when it opens on October 31 it will be unveiled in all its original 1923 glory, with a single screen and restored original features including a decorative ceiling.
Theater Director Karl Geraghty describes it as a "grown-up cinema" and a "proper luxury cinema".
Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio 1 he said, "There's going to be fresh food- small plates - and the food will be brought to your table at the start of the film."
There will be luxury furniture including armchairs and ottomans and even beds down by the screen.
The first floor has been restored and will be the Stella Cocktail Club, a sister of the Vintage Cocktail Club in Temple Bar, accessible to both people attending the movie and anyone who just wants a drink.
The cinema originally catered for 1200 but there is now space for 217 people so there is a lot more room.
"It's a lot more luxurious," said Karl. "I don't think there's anything like it in Ireland. People are completely blown away by it."
Speaking about the restoration, he added, "A huge amount of love and care and attention went into it to the point where when you come into the cinema you see the screen and the curtains and they got photos of some of the details on the cinema that had been destroyed and had been on the wall where the screen is. They restored those details, pillars and a reed feature behind it, even though nobody will ever see it. There's that level of detail."
There will be late night screenings and the film choice for the first screening is up for public vote. The options are: Casablanca, The Dark Knight Rises, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Pulp Fiction, Carrie, Intermission, Ferris Beuller's Day Off and Cinema Paradiso.
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