UCI Tallaght to close with the loss of 50 jobs, new cinema planned for Belgard Square East
The UCI cinema at in Tallaght is to close its doors in March after 20 years at The Square, with the loss of over 50 jobs. The closure follows notice from landlords Alburn who said the lease was always due to come to an end this month and would not be renewed.
A spokeswoman for UCI cinemas made a statement saying “Following notice given by landlords Alburn, we can confirm that the UCI Tallaght will close it’s doors to the public on March 8th 2010. UCI Cinemas would like to take this opportunity to thank all of its guests who have visited the cinema over the years and thank the UCI team members who have contributed so much to the running of the cinema”.
Staff member James Dunne said “We didn’t see this coming, even the managers had no idea. Fifty job losses is massive and many of the staff have kids and mortgages – it’s going to be extremely hard for them”.
A planning application was passed recently for a new 14 screen cinema complex at Belgard Square East, on the site of the former Woodies DIY.