Marshes throw hat into cinema ring

The Marshes Shopping centre  (AK)

The Marshes Shopping centre (AK)

The Marshes Shopping Centre has applied to the Dundalk Town Council for planning permission to build a 7 screen cinema.

The Marshes hope to build the cinema at the southern area of car park one.

They have also sought permission to build a ticket kiosk, food and beverage area and two restaurants.

The plans include a revision of the existing car park layout with a reduction of 213 parking spaces.

The application comes weeks after a cinema was granted planning permission at the Dundalk Retail Park.

In an interview with The Dundalk Democrat, Marshes Shopping Centre Manager, Harry Traynor, said that a cinema has always been on the table for the centre.

“It’s a vote of confidence in Dundalk,” said Harry, “It shows the developers of the Marshes have great confidence in Dundalk.

“Dundalk needs this injection of commercial growth. The possibility of a cinema at the Marshes has always been on the table. That is well-known.

“The time is right to seek planning permission for a cinema.”

Traynor added that the centre’s Christmas trade was up from last years and believes people shopped on this side of the border.

The Marshes Shopping Centre and IMC Cinema at Carroll Village have objected to the plan to transform the former Harvey Norman units into a cinema at the Dundalk Retail Park.

The plans for the cinema, from David Carson, receiver and manager of Finnabair Estates Limited, have been appealed to An Board Pleanala.

A decision on the matter is due to be made by the 7th April 2014.

The grounds for the objection to the cinema include the development will impact on the town centre area.

IMC say the planned cinema at the Retail Park “threatens the viability of the existing cinema, a long established town centre use and should therefore be refused permission.”

A decision on the Marshes application is due to be made by Dundalk Town Council on 22nd February.


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