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Friday 20 April 2018

Much-delayed Picture Palace to finally open after State bridges shortfall

Heather Humphreys
Heather Humphreys
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE GOVERNMENT has agreed to provide €735,000 to allow the completion of the Galway Picture Palace.

The State will provide the extra cash which will fund the shortfall and allow the much delayed project to proceed.

The project has been in the pipeline for a decade but has been stalled due to a number of setbacks. Now the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has agreed a partnership approach with Galway City Council which will see the Picture Palace completed and open to the public.

Galway City Council will project manage the venture to completion, and will also contribute to the completion of the project.

The Picture Palace will be a state-of-the-art three screen cinema, complete with a cafe and book shop. 

The Department of Arts has already contributed €1.92 million to the project. Galway City Council donated the site for the project in 2006 and also provided significant funds to the project.

The building is currently 80pc complete however, phase two of the development was stalled due to increased building costs.

Minister Humphreys said she was delighted to have agreed a plan to ensure the successful completion of the project.

“This will come as a significant boost to Galway, which of course is one of this country’s main cultural hubs. The State has already invested considerably in the Picture Palace project, so I am very pleased that its future has been secured.

“I would like to acknowledge the work and support of Galway City Council, which will be a crucial partner in bringing this project to fruition. My Department will continue to work closely with the City Council in the coming months to ensure the Picture Palace is finished, providing Galway City Centre with a new state-of-the-art cinema,” she added.

The finished project will include three screens. The largest will accommodate 178 people. The other two screens will have 82 seats and 69 seats respectively. The organisations involved in funding the Galway Picture Palace to date include the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Galway City Council, the Irish Film Board, the Western Development Commission and Solas Picture Palace Ltd.

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