A site clean-up will take place in the coming weeks at the Picture Palace arthouse cinema building on Lower Merchants Road, with main works expected to start on the troubled project on Monday 13 February.
Following years of delays, the cinema’s final cost is estimated in the region of €9 million.
At Monday night’s meeting of Galway City Council, Cllr Mike Crowe asked for an update on the building. “What is the current delay with it? It is hard to know what is going on. With all the money we’ve given this and yet there is still no progress,” he said.
The meeting heard that a lease transfer agreement has been signed over to Dublin based Element Pictures, who will run the cinema.
Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath stated that a site clean-up and preliminary works would first have to take place before the main body of work could begin.
The project has been dogged by a series of delays since the sod was turned on the site back in 2009. When it is eventually complete, the cinema – which was the subject of a Prime Time programme last year - will include a three screen cinema, a café and bookshop. The largest of the three screens will accommodate 178 people, while the other two screens will seat 82 and 69 respectively.
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