- 14 Aug 19
Exciting news for all music lovers and theatre amateurs in Cork county!
Kino, a former art house cinema, is set to re open its doors in the form of a live music venue, theatre space, bar and café. A blessing given the ongoing shortage of such type of places across Ireland.
Located on Washington Street, Crok city, the newly refurbished space will open mid-September. Promoters Ed O'Leary and Joe Kelly from The Good Room have announced their intention to take over the building - a new addition to their entertainment portoflio which will host a variety of events.
And there guys surely know how to ensure that people are having a great time! The Good Room are the team behind the award-winning Live at St Luke's concert series, It Takes A Village Festival, Cork Podcast Festival, Crosstown Drift, and a host of other unique events around Cork city and county.
"We're really excited to take on this new venture. The Kino is an iconic landmark building in Cork city going back to its pool hall days through to its life as an art house cinema. We've been on the hunt for this exact size and type of venue the past few years and the timing is perfect for both us and the city," commented Ed O’Leary.
"We're going to spend a month working on refurbishments and will be installing a brand new sound and lighting set up. Doors will open mid-September and we have already got some incredible acts booked in which we’ll be announcing soon. We have also partnered up with some exciting Cork festivals, namely Sounds from a Safe Harbour, Cork Podcast Festival, Cork Folk Festival, and the Guinness Jazz Festival, for some quality live performances."
The venue will boast a state-of-the-art PA and lighting system, with full AV set up as well as a bar and café. O'Leary and Kelly's goal is to reproduce what they have done already with Live at St Luke’s: take a space and put the best of local, national, and international acts with other disciplines like theatre, film and comedy.
Family events will also be catered in the new Kino, which should make it an all-round little gem for all sort of performances and fun in Cork City!