Element Pictures has announced PÁLÁS (formerly Picture Palace ) is now nearing completion and will open to the public in early 2018.
Based at 15 Merchants Road Lower in the heart of Galway city, this much anticipated and truly unique venue will bring an eclectic mix of the best new Irish and international films along with classics, foreign language, animated films, shorts, documentaries, special events, and festivals to a great local cinema going audience in Galway.
Element Cinemas operates the Light House in Smithfield Square, Dublin and, under the direction of Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney, has long been a champion of new and award-winning Irish films.
Lowe said; “We are delighted that Pálás is now nearing completion, and to be involved in this exciting project and working with Tom de Paor and JJ Rhatigan to complete this unique space in a city with such a strong film heritage is an absolute privilege.”
The cinema, designed by architect Tom de Paor, was initiated, and developed by Solas Galway Picture Palace Teoranta. Financial support for Pálás has been received from Galway City Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage, and Culture, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board, An Comhairle Ealaíon/the Arts Council, The Western Development Commission, Element Pictures, and film and business support from individuals and companies.
Element has worked closely with the design team and the main contractor JJ Rhatigan to oversee the completion of works and to deliver a state-of-the-art contemporary arthouse cinema to Galway.
Recruitment for various positions has commenced, further information is available on www.palas.ie