A decision has been made to close the cinema at the Excel Centre in Tipperary town.
The decision was made yesterday to allow management and the board to consider the feasibility of investing in new digital technology.
At present the current technology which uses traditional 35 mm film is out of date and is likely to become obsolete from July 1st when the worldwide film industry switches to digital technology.
Because of this, alongside falling numbers attending cinema nationally, the cinema will be closed temporarily to allow the board and management consider the viability of investing in a new digital system.
The board of management has confirmed that there may be some redeployment of staff to other areas within the centre and that some redundancies will be unavoidable.
However funding has been secured from South Tipperary County Council and Tipperary Town Council to ensure the Excel Centre remains open as a pivotal arts and cultural centre for South Tipperary.
The management thanks staff and the centre’s customers for their continued support.