Plans for 1,850-seat city cinema approved
CINEMa fans on Dublin's southside are to get a new 11-screen cinema on top of the car park at Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.
Dublin City Council's planning officials have approved the project, which will have the capacity to accommodate up to 1,850 movie-goers.
Sources close to the developers said that they hoped to start work on the project next year, depending on the finalisation of the planning process.
Ward Anderson, the country's long-established and largest cinema chain, plans to develop the project in conjunction with the shopping centre's landlord, Irish Life Assurance.
Ward Anderson also operates the only other commercial south-city cinema, The Screen, facing the northern side of Trinity, and is also planning to re-open the cinema at The Square in Tallaght.
Ireland has one of the highest cinema audiences in the world per head of population and more than 17.6 million people are expected to attend films this year.