New cinema to open on Dawson Street

Everyman brings first location outside of UK to Dublin

Dublin City Council has granted planning permission for a new cinema to open on Dawson Street, within walking distance of Trinity.

The cinema is to have two screens, with capacity for 72 and 51 moviegoers respectively.

Planning permission has been granted for the basement area of One Molesworth Street, which currently houses offices and the Ivy restaurant, to be used as a cinema.

The cinema is to be operated by UK cinema chain Everyman, which currently operates 28 cinemas around Britain. The Dawson Street location would be Everyman’s first location outside of the UK.

In its UK locations, the price of a ticket varies depending on the time, day and event. A ticket to “Joker” on November 6 at 8pm in King’s Cross would cost £18.10 for adults and £16.10 at the concession rate, while a showing of “The Irishman” in Bristol on November 14 at 7:15pm charges £14.40 for an adult and £12.40 for a concession ticket.

The planning permission has not placed restrictions on the opening hours of the premises. Screenings are set to include matinées, late-night shows and special screenings.

Green REIT, the property’s landlord, said that the “proposed daytime, evening and night-time use of the premises will complement the existing range of uses in the Dawson Street area of the city centre”.

“The Everyman cinema offer is likened more to a theatre experience than a multiplex cinema experience,” Green REIT said.

Dawson Street is currently populated with restaurants and cafés in addition to buildings like the Mansion House, the Royal Irish Academy, and a church.

Last year, several restaurants on Dawson Street popular with Trinity students, including Mooch, Lemon and Sprout, were forced to close due to the demolition and redevelopment of their building, while Spar and Flying Tiger on Nassau Street were also closed. The new building, which is currently under development at the corner of Nassau Street and Dawson Street, is to feature retail spaces on the ground floor and offices on higher levels. 

Currently, the closest public cinema to Trinity is the Irish Film Institute (IFI) on Eustace Street in Temple Bar. Other cinemas in Dublin city centre include the Savoy Cinema on O’Connell Street and the Light House Cinema in Smithfield.

Lauren Boland

Lauren Boland was the Editor of the 67th volume of Trinity News. She is an English Literature and Sociology graduate and previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.