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New dawn for Kino

Wednesday, 14th August, 2019 10:01am

The former art house cinema on Washington Street is set for a new lease of life, it's been announced in the past hour. 

Promoters Ed O'Leary and Joe Kelly from The Good Room have announced that they will be taking over the Kino and will reopen it in mid-September as a live music venue, theatre space, bar and café. The venue closed recently but its doors won't stay that way for long. 

The Good Room are the team behind the award-winning Live At St Luke's concert series, It Takes A Village Festival, Cork Podcast Festival, Crosstown Drift, and a host of other unique events around Cork city and county. 

Ed O’Leary commented: "We're really excited to take on this new venture. The Kino is an iconic landmark building in Cork city going back to its pool hall days through to its life as an arthouse cinema. We've been on the hunt for this exact size and type of venue the past few years and the timing is perfect for both us and the city.

"We're going to spend a month working on refurbishments and will be installing a brand new sound and lighting set up. Doors will open mid-September and we have already got some incredible acts booked in which we’ll be announcing soon. We have also partnered up with some exciting Cork festivals, namely Sounds from a Safe Harbour, Cork Podcast Festival, Cork Folk Festival, and the Guinness Jazz Festival, for some quality live performances."

The venue will boast a state of the art PA and lighting system, with full AV set up as well as a bar and café. They aim to do as they have done already with Live at St Luke’s: take a space and put the best of local, national, and international, acts on with other disciplines like theatre, film, comedy and family events being catered for going forward.

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