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Demolition begins on a Cork landmark in first stage of €50 million redevelopment

The full demolition of the Capitol Cinema in Cork city centre is expected to take three months.

cap4 Source: AlanHealy/Twitter

DEMOLITION HAS BEGUN on the site of the Capitol Cinema in Cork city as a precursor to a €50 million redevelopment of the site.

The rejuvenation of the site was given the green light last month, after initially receiving approval in July 2015.

When construction begins on the new retail centre in three months time it is expected to bring 1,000 jobs to the city.

The cinema closed its doors to the public for the last time in 2005.

Today people have been sharing their memories of visiting the Capitol in times past.

capitol2 Source: fodlaw/Twitter

apitol1 Source: The Capitol/Twitter

 

 

Meanwhile, a tribute site on Facebook known as The Golden Age of Cork Cinemas has shared this nostalgic walk around the old cinema, from just after its 2005 closure.

cap2 Source: Golden Age of Cork Cinema/Facebook

cap1 Source: Golden Age of Cork Cinema/Facebook

cap3 Source: Golden Age of Cork Cinema/Facebook

Goodbye to an old friend, with exciting times to come seems to be the overall consensus.

With the work on the retail development, which is to include retail space, office space and a food area fronting onto St Patrick’s Street and the Grand Parade in the city centre, due to begin proper in three months, the overall project should be completed by the end of the year.

Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture and Cork native, has called the regeneration “one of the most significant developments that Cork has seen in decades”.

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