Saturday 21 July 2018

The first film to be screened at the newly refurbished Stella Theatre has been revealed

The Stella Cinema, Rathmines
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The beautifully restored Stella Theater opens on October 31 and the public has chosen the first film they want to see on the new screen.

A screening of the 1942 classic Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will launch the cinema which has been restored to its full 1923 glory - with a few modern additions.

The cinema, in Rathmines, Dublin 6 will screen the latest movies released in Ireland going forward, for an audience of just 217 people who will enjoy plush seating, table service, blankets, and even beds which stretch out right below the screen.

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Of all the gin joints: Humphrey Bogart and Madeline Lebeau, who was the last surviving member of the cast of Casablanca.

The cinema boasts original 1920s features including the original facade, an art deco handrail which guides patrons up to the first floor balcony, mosaic tiling of the original Stella logo and original ceiling mouldings.

As well as the auditorium there is The Stella Cocktail Club (a sister of The Vintage Cocktail Club), which also has a separate entrance, and the Refreshments Bar in the foyer.

Cinemagoers can also indulge in tapas style food including mini tacos, sticky Korean pork, seabass with lime and jalapenos as well as more traditional cinema fare like nachos and chilli hot dogs.

The cinema will open seven days a week screening the latest flicks.  ON Friday and Saturdays there will be a midnight screening and on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am there will be a family film.

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