Interesting new plans revealed for former Newbridge cinema

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Interesting new plans revealed for former Newbridge cinema
15:10 Friday 22nd of March 2019

The old Oscar Cinema in Newbridge could take on a new life as a restaurant.

Plans have been lodged to convert the ground floor - once home to several big screens - into a restaurant on ground floor with associated staff living accommodation overhead on first floor.

Three separate commercial office units are proposed for the first floor.

According to the planning documents, the existing asbestos roof will be replaced with a double skinned insulated roof.

The premises went up for sale in 2017 with a guide price of €170,000.

It was noted that the building was in need of a full refurbishment and redevelopment.

Originally opened as a theatre in 1937, it was remodelled into a three-screen cinema and took on its new name back in 1973.

At the time of its reopening almost 45 years ago, it was described as 'Ireland's most luxurious cinema', and an air conditioning system marked it out as a unique cinema compared to other theatres in the country.

Some of the popular movies in the early days of the cinema included Ryan's Daughter, The Sound of Music and Carry On Abroad, and admission prices ranged from 15p-40p.

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