WHEN David O’Rourke re-opened the Regal Cinema in Youghal during the heat wave of last summer he wanted to bring date night back to the town.
One year on, the cinema has re-found its place in the heart of the social life of the east Cork town.
“We hoped to bring date night back to Youghal!” says David.
“And we have!
“We thought it would be a great community thing to buy it and restore the cinema to the finest detail, to protect its vast heritage and history while adapting it to suit contemporary tastes and habits,” says David.
“The positive reaction and memories that the locals shared with us have been amazing and certainly helped keep us focused on getting doors open for the summer of 2018.”
David wants people to have a memorable experience when they visit the Regal.
“We want people who come to the cinema to have an experience, make a night of it, perhaps enjoy a glass of wine and a chat before or after seeing the film.
“Our staff are trained to be the perfect hosts for our patrons.”
During their first year opened, Regal Cinema has hosted more nights than date nights.
“From seasonal pyjama parties and ladies nights, to film premiers, live music and hosting film festivals; we have shared some truly lasting memories,” says Scott Wilson, manager of the Regal Cinema.
“It is a privilege to serve the people of Youghal, and all of East Cork as well as Waterford. We’ve welcomed people from all over the world,” he added.
“Showcasing the Regal to the International Ironman Cork was a genuine pleasure. Variety has always been the spice of life at the Regal,” added Scott.
“We continue to enjoy pushing out the boundaries of what is perceived from a cinema.
“The Regal is more than a movie. The addition of our Events Lounge and Wine Bar has allowed us to provide a unique experience for private parties and corporate events, unlike anywhere else in the surrounding area.”
“We pride ourselves on being very much a community-orientated operation,” says Scott.
“So it is a thrill to work regularly with the local schools and local companies on their projects.
“Our core ethos will always remain one of a genuine and friendly Irish welcome. All guests are welcomed and thanked for visiting the cinema.
“Our greatest achievement should be measured by our returning customers.”
The cinema is state-of-the-art with the most up to date and advanced technology. “The wine bar, complete with original half dome windows and tasteful café, add the extra element to that special date night or family night out. The plush seats of red velvet braided with gold thread lend a feel of richness and luxury. Screen 1 accommodates 122 seats, 99 on the ground floor and 23 on the new mezzanine level.
“Screen 2 seats 55 and screen 3 is reserved a multi-purpose room. Seating 40, the seating can be re-arranged to accommodate community groups and meetings.
“So onwards and upwards as they say!” says Scott.
“The entire Regal team are thankful to be able to do what we love and challenge ourselves in our second year to make cinema an unforgettable experience for everyone.”