Youghal’s Regal Cinema Ready to Raise the Curtain

By Claire O'Donoghue


“Let’s Go to the Movies! Let’s Go See the Stars!”. Youghal’s Regal Cinema itself will be the summer blockbuster this year. A year on from extensive renovation work by new owners Redbarn Construction and the iconic picture house on Friar Street is almost ready to raise the curtain. Originally built in 1914, as Hurst's Picture Palace, it was damaged by a fire in 1935 and reopened again in 1936. After being converted to a 3-screen cinema in 1997. It ultimately shut down again in 2010. However, the glory days of one of Ireland's oldest operational cinemas are soon to be revisited.
The new interior will comprise of 3 screens, one which can seat 130 guests and a second for 50 guests, along with a multi-purpose space for everything from private parties, use by community groups and live screenings of operas and theatre shows from abroad. The highest technological specs are being upheld with 4k digital definition screens and Dolby 7.1 surround sound showing all genres of movie from the latest Hollywood releases to art-house and local films.
The interior design is being given the same thoughtful consideration. There will be a beautiful terrazzo floor leading for outside thought to the lobby area. The feel of the old-style glamour of the of the 1940s in keeping with the architectural inspiration of the building itself mixed with contemporary design ideas. Speaking to David O'Rourke, company director he said, " the building itself is of historical importance so we have been patiently undertaking the refurb with meticulous detail with the help of local O'Connell Interiors. Our main goal for the future of the cinema is to keep its heritage alive in a modern way". The ultimate way to unwind at the end of the week or a midweek treat - the town of Youghal can look forward to reliving the simple romance and fun of summer evenings walking home from the pictures.
They are also currently planning the development of the old Loreto convent and school into an exclusive apartment complex. Certainly, with the exacting detail and respect shown to the Regal Cinema, the conversion of the Loreto, that has so many memories for the town, could not be in better hands.
Redbarn Construction is currently recruiting for the role of cinema manager. For more information contact Nick Eagle at