Heritage-listed Tara House was today unanimously passed by the Brisbane council’s planning committee to be converted into a seven-cinema theatre complex.
Formally, Tara House was home to the Queensland Irish Association in 2015 however the Sourris brothers will be transforming it into a seven-theatre cinema complex.
The main cinema will convert from an ornate ballroom into a 121-seat cinema room, maintaining its original layout.
The other six cinemas would range in size from 18 to 57 seats.
The transformation of this heritage-listed building has been greatly endorsed by both Liberal National Party and Labor councillors, along with Greens councillor Jonathan Sri.
“It’s an excellent result for a landmark building that had stood unoccupied since the collapse of the Irish Club.” said city planning chairman Julian Simmonds (LNP)
“This is exactly the kind of clever reuse of heritage buildings that we want to see, where we’re not only retaining the heritage fabric, but we’re actually improving it as a result,” he said.
reference: The Urban Developer 7th Feb 2017