Cin­ema light is snuffed out

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

For the first time in three years, a prom­i­nent Dublin venue makes no ap­pear­ance in the listings pages of to­day’s Ticket. As most se­ri­ous film fans will be aware, the Light House cin­ema, sad­dled with out­stand­ing rent pay­ments of ¤156,856, closed last Fri­day fol­low­ing the grant­ing of a wind­ing-up or­der lodged by John Flynn, the venue’s land­lord.

The fu­ture re­mains un­cer­tain. Flynn has said that two cin­ema op­er­a­tors have ap­proached him with an in­ter­est in run­ning the space, and the plan­ning per­mis­sion does dic­tate that the build­ing be used for cul­tural pur­poses. But, as Neil Con­nolly, the Light House’s co-man­ager, told this writer, the orig­i­nal con­tract makes it clear that the rent will re­main an eye-wa­ter­ing ¤200,000.

That’s no­body’s idea of chump change.

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