Lights, camera, action: dePaor showcases brutalist cinema

The Pálás Cinema in Galway, which features resin-coated windows designed by Patrick Scott

Practice creates moulded concrete picture house in Galway

Irish practice dePaor has created a distinctly brutalilst “concrete castle” dedicated to film in the City of Galway that mixes plush traditional interiors with an angular modern exterior.

Pálás incorporates a Georgian merchant house in the west Ireland cultural capital’s Latin Quarter, and was 14 years in the making: the shell and core were completed in 2014, but the venue only opened this year.

Inside, the three-screen venue features state-of-the-art equipment, elaborate red velvet curtains, theatrical lighting and plush seating from 70-year-old French manufacturer Quinette Gallay.

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