I am in one of my nerdy knickers moods again today and reading planning notices. An interesting on is that The Olympia Theatre have applied to renovate and refurbish the theatre including restoaration of the facade including that canopy and the sashes (you'll be happy Graham) and internal changes to teh bars and wcs. They have also applied for permission to buding a new 5 story building to the rear on a currently derelict site (it must be the last in the area). Very welcome I say following fresh on the heels of the Gate and Gaiety Theatres.
Anything more about the poor auld Abbey? In fact its got me thinking about a lot of our entertainment venues in the city. The UCG complex is being renovated on Parnell St. However the Savoy and Screen cinemas remain in some horrible 70s nightmare. I was in the Screen the other night.... great auditorium but awful sound and crap seating. Am I right in thinking it is owned by the same family or company as the Savoy. How on earth the Savoy has traded on its size and location alone for so long is amazing. Very little imagination or effort has gone into amking it more of an experience going t the movies here. I am sure we have said the same on a previous thread.