Save our cinema in Listowel

Save our cinema in Listowel

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Petition to
Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin Green Party

Why this petition matters

Listowel's 'Classic' Cinema has been in operation for almost 70 years. First as the Astor from 1949 to 1985 and then with the Gleeson family from October 1987 to January 2022. It is part and parcel of Listowel's, North Kerry's and West Limerick's creative and cultural heritage.

The pandemic and the rapid shift to streaming has created immense pressures for cinemas all over the world and in particular for the small, independent, and often family owned operations. Many are being forced to close their doors as producers and distributors of theatrical films are simply abandoning traditional cinema in favour of home entertainment.

We've been here before in the 80s when many cinemas struggled with changing viewing habits and economic turmoil - but they reinvented themselves and survived over the last 30 years.

Irish people really love the cinema. Of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland, only Northern Ireland outdoes us in screen density per member of the population. Ireland had the highest rate of cinemagoing in Europe in 2019. In fact, right across Europe that year, cinema admissions increased by 4.5 per cent, resulting in the highest number of admissions since the 1990s. Then came Covid-19.

We believe that cinema can overcome these difficulties again but we need support to cater for discerning tastes and grossly unfair competition.

Blockbusters, themed nights, film clubs, kids movies, families, romantic couples, OAPs, people with disabilities, educational viewings, sport and documentaries,  professional and private screenings, Irish films, Irish language films, foreign language films, classical concerts, virtual reality  - only your local, independent cinema can cater for this variety of cultural and creative entertainment.

Listowel is one of only 27 designated heritage towns in the country. With its public library, art centres and museums  all receiving public money, it is time now for the Arts Council to step up and support our independent cinema. Together with the imminent arrival of the North Kerry Greenway with tens of thousands of new visitors the future can only be bright for Listowel and its cinema. Help us please and sign the petition.

Also look out for Save the Cinema film, an inspiring true story of how one woman in Wales overcame almost insurmountable odds to save its Lyric cinema.

Thank you



2,449 have signed. Let’s get to 2,500!