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Galway's New State-Of-The-Art Cinema Is Finally Here And We're SO Excited

By kaylawalsh

February 12, 2018 at 11:42am

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After being in the works for nearly a decade, the Pálás (formerly Picture Palace) cinema in Galway is nearly ready to open. 

The art house cinema will show a mix of Irish and international films as well as classics, foreign language films, animation, shorts and documentaries. 

The striking concrete building will boast three screens, a cafe and a bookshop and host various festivals and special events. 

At least €9.5 million has been poured into the project so far, which has received funding from Galway City Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage and Culture, the Irish Film Board, the Arts Council, the Western Development Commission, Element Pictures and various others. 

It has changed hands over the years but is now being managed by Element alongside the city council.

Element also run the popular Light House cinema in Dublin. 

An official opening date for the cinema has not yet been announced, but is estimated at "early 2018". 

"We are delighted that Pálás is now nearing completion and to be involved in this exciting project and working with Tom de Paor and JJ Rhatigan to complete this unique space in a city with such a strong film heritage is an absolute privilege," said Andrew Lowe, one of the directors of the project.

Pálás is now hiring front of house assistants, bar and restaurant staff, ushers, a head chef and two managers. 

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