The Excel Cinema in Tipperary town is unlikely to show any current film releases until a major investment in the cinema’s digital server is delivered.
The Board of the Excel is understood to be about to launch a fundraising campaign to raise €50,000.
The Cinema projectors can work so screenings such as Knockanrawley Our Place can go ahead as planned on September 12th and other opportunities are being explored to screen films requested for specific groups.
The Board of the Excel announced in June that the cinema upgrade would be completed by June 30th and that the works had been included in the Centre’s budget.
It has now emerged that quotations for the technical upgrade range from €50,000 to sums significantly higher.
Today Mr Caleb Barret, who works at the Excel apologised for the situation and thanked the community for their patience and support.
Mr Barret also confirmed that the annual PJ Party will be held in the cinema on December 17th.
In terms of events at the Centre’s other facilities such as the theatre, gallery, dance studio and meeting spaces there is a busy schedule of events in the coming weeks.
These include weekly yoga and writers group gatherings, exhibitions by artists Marie Mitchell, Lisa English and John McCarthy, Culture Night events on September 22nd, The Tipperary Dance Festival in October, performances by Pat and Faye Shortt, Tom O’Mahoney in the coming weeks and the joint Musical production by students from the Abbey School and St Anne’s in early December.
Early 2024 is also promising with the Panto performance running January 17th to 20th, The Tipperary Musical Society run of Young Frankenstein from February 12th to 18th and The Forge Players on stage between February 29th to March 2nd.