WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TIVOLI THEATRE AND CARPARK – DID YOU EVER WONDER ABOUT THIS
These days every development in Ireland [both parts of the island] must have “quarter” in the name, address or description so you will no doubt have guessed that the replacement for the Tivoli Theatre is the Tivoli Quarter.
The Tivoli Theatre was a theatre on Francis Street in The Liberties, Dublin which closed in 2019 and was demolished shortly afterwards for replacement by a hotel.
The theatre opened on 21 December 1934 as a replacement for an earlier Tivoli Theatre located on Burgh Quay, which had closed in May 1928.
Built to the designs of architect Vincent Kelly with seating provided for 700. The Tivoli Theatre opened as a cine-variety theatre, but by the late-1930s it had converted to full-time cinema use and was renamed Tivoli Cinema.
The Tivoli Cinema was closed in September 1964. It was converted into a nightclub and a shop; before finally re-opening as a live theatre in 1987 and renamed Tivoli Theatre. At time of closing, the upper theatre could seat 475; and the lower venue was in operation as a nightclub
The walls of the carpark had become a noted street art location and the planning permission to demolish the theatre required the extant art to be photographed and documented prior to demolition.
Planning permission was achieved March 2018 for a major urban regeneration scheme on a complex site in Dublin’s Francis Street in the heart of the Liberties Quarter of the city centre.
The scheme includes:
A 260-bed Apart-Hotel 3 Restaurant Units Gymnasium Retail and a new Theatre venue. The design is centred around a proposed new civic square, to be known as “Tivoli Square”, named in honour of the existing theatre which forms part of the site and which is to be rebuilt as a modern performance and arts facility as part of the redevelopment.
The new Tivoli Theatre/ Performance facility, the restaurants and the anchor Apart-Hotel public areas will all address and open onto the new central square which will form the living heart of the development.
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The city centre is west of the bridge, which links routes on the eastern side of Dublin city. The Dublin Port Tunnel terminates north of the East-Link along East Wall Road, in the Docklands on the north bank of the Liffey. Most of Dublin’s docklands are east of the bridge, but it is raised on average three times per day to allow river traffic to pass.
The Point Village is a commercial and residential development in the North Wall area of Dublin, Ireland. The elements of the €800 million development completed to date include offices and residential and hotel accommodation, a small shopping centre, a cinema, a museum and a five-level underground car park. The main building of the development – now branded as Point Square – containing the retail, hotel and cinema elements as well as office space – was completed prior to the post-2008 Irish economic downturn, however the retail element did not open except as an entry to the cinema.
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The City Markets area is located between Henry Street and the new urban quarter of Smithfield. This area is centred around the old Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Market on Mary’s Lane, Dublin 1.
Dublin’s Victorian fruit and vegetable market on Mary’s Lane is currently closed for a major redevelopment project expected to take at least two years. The council had planned to convert the eastern side of the market into a continental-style food market with a range of producers including butchers, bakers, cheesemongers, fishmongers and greengrocers, while retaining the wholesale businesses in the western half of the market hall.
However according to the City Council spokesman for the project, there may not be no be sufficient demand for the wholesale section of the market.
Earlier this year it was announced that the North Inner City is to get over €121m with money being earmarked for two ‘big ticket items’ – the new city library and cultural quarter at Parnell Square and the redevelopment of the Fruit and Vegetable Market near Smithfield.
I do not know the history of this shop which ceased trading a number of years ago but the street on which it is located will undergo major changes in the near future as at least two sites are to be redeveloped.
In January planning permission was submitted for a student accommodation complex [541 units] to replace the Park Shopping Centre, The original shopping centre dating from 1984 adjoins the TU university campus which was scheduled to have 20,000 students by the end of 2020 but I am fairly that target has yet to be realised.
It would appear that planning permission has been awarded late in 2020: “Demolition of existing buildings, construction of 585 no. bedspace student accommodation, 16 no. Co-Living apartments, 4 no. townhouses and associated site works.”
I could wrong but there is another student complex underway on the other side of Prussia Street. The Topline Windows & PVC site at 68 Prussia Street has been cleared or is being cleared.
BRONZE COW BY JACKIE McKENNA MOVED FROM WOLFE TONE PARK TO WOOD QUAY
This bronze sculpture of a cow has been moved to Wood Quay while Wolfe Tone Park it being redeveloped and while this may be a more pleasant location I would prefer to have it at Wolfe Tone Park as it has been very popular with local children.
Ag Crú na Gréine “Enjoying the Sun” (2003) by Jackie McKenna
Wolfe Tone Park & Street Environmental Improvement Scheme offers a new destination point for all, as an ever-changing civic space where daily life and spectacle collide. The contextual design offers a thriving and inviting multi-use urban space for all ages and abilities, to be treasured by residents, workers and visitors. The design consists of two phases:
Phase one, the redesign and refurbishment of Wolfe Tone Street to create a more pedestrian friendly environment with new public lighting and street furniture and the use of a historic materials palette, creating both a high quality environment and character area.
Phase two involves the refurbishment of Wolfe Tone Park, everything within the park has been designed with intent: from the proposed new feature lawn, the retention of the existing mature trees, the proposed horticulture, to conservation and recognition of the parks history as a graveyard.
The new design for Wolfe Tone Park & Street Environmental Improvement Scheme will provide a green oasis and destination point in the heart of Dublin’s bustling city centre.
This project is co-funded with €1.2m from the ERDF’s S&E Regional Operational Programme 2014-20 – Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme and Dublin City Council.