Cinema complex set to bring life back into old Irish Club

February 14, 2017 by  

It is hoped the luck of the Irish will be on the side of a new cinema complex that recently gained development approval by Brisbane City Council.

Council has given the nod to the transformation of the old Irish Club at the heritage listed Tara House into a theatre complex hosting seven cinemas.

The facility, to be known as the Elizabeth Picture Theatre, will be easily accessible for visitors to the city and surrounding areas, including Woolloongabba, Queensland.

Brothers Peter and Stephen Sourris, who have previously successfully restored the Village Twin cinema at New Farm, originally submitted the plans last year.

According to a graphic design of the proposal, the main cinema room hosting 121 seats will be created within the current ornate upstairs ballroom.

A further six cinemas will cater for 18-to-57-seat viewings.

City Planning Chairman Julian Simmonds said the venue had ceased to be home to the Irish Club in 2015 and the landmark building had since stood unoccupied.

He said a theatre complex was a welcome new usage for the heritage building because it enabled the heritage fabric to be retained and improved on.

Cr. Vicki Howard applauded the Sourris family for what she called an “amazing job” at the New Farm cinema, and was confident of a similar outcome at Tara House.

The retention of heritage awning on the building, together with street improvements, have been included in the approval conditions.