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Someone please buy Rathmines’ Stella Cinema (yours for only €1.75m)

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Here’s a rather delightful little video from Bryan O’Brien of The Irish Times, click the link below to watch…

Selling the Stella: behind doors of an old Dublin institution

Behind a small and inauspicious shopfront on Rathmines Road, distinguished only by its slightly bizarre brick-effect grated facade, lies what was once Dublin’s, if not Ireland’s, largest cinema. Opened in 1923, the Stella had the capacity to hold 1,283 cinema-goers.

In the accompanying article Olivia Kelly notes that, while the building is up for sale, it’s use is restricted to certain functions.

The building is now being sold and under current zoning rules could be used for an amusement and leisure complex, bar, nightclub, restaurant, hostel, retail warehouse or a place of worship.

A place of worship for cinema perhaps? Could Quentin Tarantino be convinced to pick this up to sit alongside his ownership of the New Beverly Cinema in LA? Surely there’s some celluloid fetischist out there who might be interested?

Pick it up for a cool €1.75m.

The Stella Cinema, 207 – 209 Lwr Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

See Larger Images & 2 More Photographs >> Development Land For Sale0.22 acres (0.09 hectares) Rating: Contact Name: JP Flynn Phone: +353 (0)1 638 2700 PSR Licence Number: 001848 The property was built in 1923 and briefly comprises 1,461sq.m. (15,725 sq.ft.) of Gross Internal Floorspace with 2 cinemas, a private screening room and additional areas.


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