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Ed O'Leary and Joe Kelly at The Kino.
Ed O'Leary and Joe Kelly at The Kino.
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New ownership to revive 'iconic' Kino

The Kino is changing hands with fresh blood taking on the task of managing the former art house cinema on Washington Street as a live music venue, theatre space, bar and café.

Promoters Ed O'Leary and Joe Kelly of The Good Room have announced that they will be taking over the Kino hoping to open in mid-September.

Ed and Joe 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.

Ed O'Leary and Joe Kelly at The Kino.
Ed O'Leary and Joe Kelly at The Kino.

"We're really excited to take on this new venture," Ed said. "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. We're going to spend a month working on refurbishments and will be installing a brand new sound and lighting set up.” 

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.

The aim is for the duo to do as they have done already with Live at St Luke’s: take a space and put the best of local, national, and international, acts on with other disciplines like theatre, film, comedy, and family events being catered for going forward.

Ed continued: “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."