The amazing team behind The Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin have announced plans to expand their operations to the west of Ireland in Galway. Element Pictures are taking over the management and operation of the Galway’s Picture Palace cinema.
Confirming the news at the Galway Film Fleadh this weekend, The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys confirmed final funding amounting to €255,000 to complete the fit out of the cinema, which is expected to open to the public by summer 2017 stating “I am pleased to confirm that Element Pictures will be taking over the operation of the Picture Palace in Galway. Element have a strong track record with the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin and will no doubt help to ensure that the Picture Palace is a great addition to Galway’s cultural scene. My Department has been working in partnership with Galway City Council over the past year seeking to have construction on the Picture Palace recommenced after it ceased over two years ago. When I approved funding last August to kickstart the project, I was aware that a final tranche of funding would be required. Today I am approving an extra €255,000, with additional investment also being made by the Irish Film Board and Element Pictures. Taxpayers have invested significantly in the Picture Palace since the project first started and it has not been without its challenges. The priority now must be to bring the project to completion for the benefit of Galway residents, visitors and film enthusiasts. When completed, the Picture Palace will be a state-of-the-art cinema located close to the historic Spanish Arch and just a stone’s throw from the Mick Lally Theatre.