The aim of Youghal’s Regal cinema is to return magic to the movies with the ultimate in sight and sound technology, art deco interior and restored original features. Customers can also bring drinks to their seats from a standalone licenced wine bar and café, or order from attendants during performances.
Built in 1936, the Regal was owned throughout its history by the Hurst family, who closed it in 2010. Projectionist Mikey Roche, who has since died, had served there for more than 70 years.
Throughout the building, the past meets the plush. The original façade and entrance lobby, including the terrazzo floor, are among the restored features.
Mr O’Rourke said that, for the Regal’s interior, local designers Ned O’Connell Furnishings “excellently managed” the art deco carpet and fittings.
Public goodwill towards the venture has been widespread with locals helping to preserve the centre’s links to its heritage by donating photos and artefacts from its past. A permanent memorial to the late Mr Roche is also planned.
The complex has three wheelchair accessible auditoria where modern touches include 4k digital projection from Britain, Belgian Dolby 7.1 sound systems, and French-imported green teal seating.
The latest releases will be immediately available from online servers in Britain and screened three times daily.