A state-of-the-art seven screen cinema planned for the Dundalk Retail Park has been welcomed by a local councillor and cinema goers.
The cinema is being planned at the units formally occupied by Harvey Norman, who ceased trading at the Retail Park during the summer.
David Carson, the manager and receiver over Finnabair Estates Limited, who are in receivership, has submitted planning application to the Dundalk Town Council to covert the three units from a retail warehouse to the cinema.
The project also includes an entrance foyer with ticket kiosk, food and beverage stand, a coffee shop and toilets.
including ancillary areas comprising of an entrance foyer with ticket kiosk and food and beverage sales, coffee shop, service and circulation areas, and toilets .
The main entrance to the cinema will be located at unit 2 and new emergency exits are also planned.
The proposal involves the construction of an internal wall to facilitate unit 5 to operate as a standalone retail warehouse unit
A decision on the application is due to be made by November 5th.
Local councillor for the area, Kevin Meenan, told the Dundalk Democrat that we welcomes the news.
“It’s great news for the area and Dundalk,” said Cllr Meenan, “It will bring jobs to the town and bring the leisure asked back to the area.
“There is a lot of footfall in the area, with a number of housing estates situated nearby.
“I don’t think the cinema poses a direct threat to the town centre trade.”
The operators of the planned cinema have not been revealed.
In 2010, Movies @ planned a ten screen digital cinema that would seat 1,800 people at any one time, although this project never came to fruition.
Receiver of Finnabair Estates, David Carson, was unable for comment at the time of going to print.
Management at IMC cinema at Carroll Village could not be contacted for comment.