Sat, 25 Sep 2021

DUBLIN, Ireland: A Dublin movie theatre has been named the best cinema in Ireland and the U.K.

Located in the Dublin 6 neighborhood, the Stella theatre has been named the best theatre by travel and entertainment guide Time Out.

When the Stella opened in 1923 it held 1,283 patrons, becoming Ireland's largest cinema. It also housed an art-deco style ballroom on the first floor and a fountain in the foyer.

The theatre closed in 2004, but was restored to its original design and reopened in 2017.

During the renovation, workmen uncovered the original facade with granite pilasters, decorative ceiling moldings, mosaic tiling with the original Stella logo, and an art deco handrail leading to the first floor.

According to Time Out writer Katie McCabe, the Stella received first place because of it's art-deco style, ballroom cocktail bar and snack menu.

"Now a cocktail bar serving pisco sours can be found in the old ballroom, and things are pretty upmarket when it comes to the snacks, too we're talking buttermilk chicken and cinnamon churros all to be consumed from side tables with their own vintage, low-lit lamps."

"It's about indulgence not savings tickets sold by armchair (19 euros), bed, or couch (both 38 euros for two), with cashmere blankets for maximum cosiness. Stella has come a long, long way from the days when locals use to know it as 'the flea house'," McCabe wrote in Time Out.

Other movie theaters considered among the best were Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast; The Light House Cinema, Dublin; The Irish Film Institute, Dublin; Strand Arts Centre, Belfast; The Phoenix Cinema, Dingle.

Time Out sent nine writers across England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland to seek out the finest movie theaters.

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