11/08/15

Minister Humphreys announces €735,000 for completion of Galway Picture Palace

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Tuesday) announced that she is allocating €735,000 to Galway City Council to ensure the completion of the Galway Picture Palace.

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has agreed a partnership approach with Galway City Council which will see the Picture Palace completed and open to the public. Galway City Council will project manage the venture to completion, and will also contribute to the completion of the project.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

I am delighted that we have agreed a plan to ensure the successful completion of the Galway Picture Palace project.  A partnership arrangement between my Department, Galway City Council and Solas Picture Palace Ltd will ensure that there will soon be a new three screen cinema in the heart of Galway City.

This will come as a significant boost to Galway, which of course is one of this country’s main cultural hubs. The State has already invested considerably in the Picture Palace project, so I am very pleased that its future has been secured. When completed, the Picture Palace will be a state-of-the-art three screen cinema, complete with a cafe and book shop. Located close to the historic Spanish Arch and just a stone’s throw from the Mick Lally Theatre (Druid), the Picture Palace will be a great addition to Galway’s vibrant cultural scene.

“My Department will now work with Galway City Council to bring this project to completion. Galway already has a lively and growing film and TV industry, worth in the region of €72 million to the local economy and employing over 600 people full time.  This was given worldwide recognition last December when Galway became one of just five cities worldwide to be awarded the highly prestigious and permanent title of UNESCO City of Film. The completion of the Picture Palace should help to cement Galway’s reputation as a film hub.

“I would like to acknowledge the work and support of Galway City Council, which will be a crucial partner in bringing this project to fruition. My Department will continue to work closely with the City Council in the coming months to ensure the Picture Palace is finished, providing Galway City Centre with a new state-of-the-art cinema.”

ENDS

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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