Light House in rent row

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Reel News -

The sta­tus of the Light House, the gor­geous cin­ema in Dublin’s Smith­field, has been thrown into con­fu­sion with the is­su­ing of a “wind-up pe­ti­tion” against the venue. The cin­ema’s land­lord took the ac­tion fol­low­ing a dis­pute over rent on the prop­erty. Re­ports sug­gest that, last May, the an­nual rent was in­creased from ¤100,000 to ¤200,000. The cin­ema’s direc­tors are con­sult­ing legal ad­vis­ers be­fore the pe­ti­tion hear­ing on Mon­day.

The bad news ar­rives fol­low­ing a pe­riod when the cin­ema has had notable hits with The King’s Speech, True Grit and – most un­usu­ally and im­pres­sively – the high­brow French pic­ture Of Gods and Men.

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