On 14 February 2017, Council approved a cinema complex at 179 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City.
The site contains a state and local heritage place known as Tara House which was originally used as a warehouse. Later it was used as the Irish Club, at the time holding a significant relationship with the Irish Community and the Queensland Irish Association.
The development approval will see Brisbane’s old Irish Club converted into a seven screen cinema complex, named ‘Elizabeth Picture Theatre’, which will provide an overall seating capacity for 304 patrons.
The complex will be split over the building's three existing floors as well as a function room and a food and drink outlet. The refurbishment and re-use of the heritage building will ensure the retention of the building's heritage style and features, including the re-use of the building’s heritage awning valuing our city’s architectural heritage.
In order to facilitate the great outcome of reusing the heritage building while ensuring the successful retention of its heritage significance, the applicant obtained the ‘support in-principle’ from the Concurrence Agency prior to the formal lodgement of the application. The applicant also proactively initiated the early referral process of obtaining an exemption certificate, which allows the demolition works that are necessary to adapt the building for the proposed cinema complex.