Stella Rathmines is a uniquely luxurious one-screen cinema, showing new release films and Hollywood classics seven days a week. The cinema is now 100 years old and has been sympathetically restored to reflect the glitz and glamour of the 1920s but with a modern, luxurious twist. Ranked 16th in the world’s most beautiful cinemas and no.1 in the best cinemas in the UK and Ireland by TimeOut in 2021, Stella has established itself as a world-class cinema experience and a go-to destination for movie lovers.
First opening its doors on the 29th of January 1923, the cinema originally held 1,283 patrons, making it Ireland’s largest cinema at the time. Designed by architectural firm Higginbotham & Stafford it was envisioned as an extravagant picture house featuring a large auditorium with balcony level and a first-floor dancehall/ballroom. The building showcased numerous art deco flourishes such as the bright, eye-catching façade with original Stella signage and a striking, illuminated fountain at the front of the screen which dazzled guests during intermissions.
In the 1970s Stella functioned not only as a cinema but also as a venue for live music playing host to the Boomtown Rats and Elvis Costello.
In the 1980s the large single auditorium was divided into two distinct screens and the original façade and large front window were covered up with a more contemporary metal design. The cinema continued operating until 2004 when it closed.
In 2015, an 18-month restoration began which saw many of the beautiful original 1920s features, such as the original façade with granite pilasters, uncovered. A typical art deco handrail which guides you up to the first-floor balcony, detailed mosaic tiling of the original Stella logo and original decorative ceiling mouldings have all been kindly restored and can be seen throughout the building. The original suspended projection booth is also still in place.
The once separated screens were re-joined into an impressive single auditorium and the elegant balcony level was faithfully reconstructed using photographs of the original 1920s venue. The original ballroom was transformed into a luxurious cocktail bar, with a glass atrium and a large front facing window overlooking the bustling Rathmines main street.
Stella officially reopened its doors to a new generation of cinema-goers on the 31st of October 2017, offering a uniquely luxurious cinema experience and a mouth-watering food and drink selection. Cinema bookings for Stella can be made here and for our cocktail club here. We look forward to welcoming you soon for a cinema experience unlike any other!
Spend Your Evening in One Venue With Bars and Restaurants Onsite
Stella Cocktail Club
A beautiful art deco cocktail bar serving delicious drinks & food 7 days a week.
With quality, locally sourced produce at its core, the seasonal menu offers something for everyone.
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