Cork cinema has suddenly closed for "major refurbishment"

By Katy Thornton

August 14, 2023 at 12:40pm

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Staff were allegedly given just one week of notice.

Gate Cinemas have announced that their Cork branch, based on the North Main Street, will be closed from Monday 14 August to allow for a "major refurbishment".

They took to social media to share the news, which involves the name changing from Gate Cinemas Cork to The Arc Cinema. The newly renovated cinema is meant to open in the autumn, and is expected to be closed for a couple of months.

However, according to Cork Beo, the cinema didn't notify their workers of the closure until just one week before.

In conversation with Cork Beo, Cork City TD Mick Barry said this of the way the workers at Gate Cinema were treated:

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"'Barbie' and 'Oppenheimer' are two of the most successful movies in Cork cinema history but the treatment of the Gate cineplex workers is amongst the shabbiest episodes in that long history.

"I'm sure that the stars of those two movies Cillian Murphy and Margot Robbie - who are on strike themselves at the moment - would voice support for these workers if asked. It's not too late for the new owners to do the right thing and make some kind of gratitude payment to these workers even at this late stage.

"After all, they will be relying on the custom and goodwill of the Cork public when they reopen in the autumn and the Cork public like to see fair play and respect for workers' rights."

Lovin has reached out to Gate Cinemas for comment on the sudden closure, but have received automated responses.

Header image via Facebook / Gate Cinemas Cork

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