Pálás

  • © Tracy Gereaty
  • © Tom de Paor
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Tom de Paor
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Tracy Gereaty
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve

Special Award

Community Impact & Engagement Special Award
Sponsored by Supported by Sir Robert McAlpine

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Special Award

Region

Republic of Ireland

Local Authority Area

Galway

Information about this scheme

Pálás is a state-of-the-art cinema on the site of a Georgian merchant’s house and garden in the inner city of Galway, Ireland. Consisting of three screens, a bar and restaurant, the building links the medieval Centre with the docks to expand the cultural infrastructure of the city. The structure looms behind a preserved Georgian façade, with the foyer in a courtyard space between them. Three screening rooms in the contemporary building stack one atop the other, with a light filled restaurant and bar. Angular poured-concrete staircases criss-cross through the seven-story building, leaving stepped silhouettes in the negative space underneath. The building is constructed in in-situ concrete with holes, all of the same size, punctured in the skin for windows and have been painted in resin of reds, yellows and greens that were designed by the painter Patrick Scott and were one of his last works before he died in 2014. These give focus to the various rooms and are lit at night. While the building is large its bulk is not overpowering and it sits quite comfortably on its site. Not only has Pálás served as a gathering place for Galway’s audiences of all ages, and tourists alike, but they have provided one of the most vibrant contemporary art and independent film venues in the West of Ireland. They have truly immersed themselves in the local business community – both with local businesses, business groups and specifically the festivals of Galway. The opening has enhanced Galway’s position on the world stage film and further proves the accolade they proudly hold as an UNESCO City of Film. The building’s unique design draws you in as a visitor and provides the opportunity to develop the kind of art cinema programming for which the Galway Film Society and its members have yearned for many years. It makes an important contribution to that part of the city which is developing as an important and long needed cultural hub. The building is used by a vast array of local groups including Galway Film Society, the annual Film Fleadh, the children's theatre Barbaro. They host special screenings which include autism-friendly screenings, mammy and baby screenings and “Doggie” screenings - 1 doggie ticket plus 1 adult. Donations are given to Galway Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals and/or Madra.

Credits

Architect

dePaor Architects

Applicant

Element Cinema

Client

EP Picture Palace

Main Contractor

JJ Rhatigan Building Contractors

Owner

Galway City Council

Project Funder

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland

Project Funder

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht,

Project Funder

An Comhairle Ealaíon/the Arts Council

Project Funder

The Western Development Commission

Project Funder

Solas Galway Picture Palace

Project Funder

Element Pictures

Primary Use Class

Class D2 - Assembly and Leisure