Plan for open air Olympics cinema in city centre

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Plans are underway to erect an open air cinema in Derry City Centre for the 2012 Olympiad.

A planning application has been lodged with the Northern Ireland Planning Service for a large screen to be erected at Waterloo Place after the Department for Culture Arts and Leisure pledged £650,000 for the project.

The proposal involves the erection of a 25 square metre video display with a computer controlled playout and audio system outside SuperValu’s premises.

A spokesperson from Derry City Council confirmed that the local authority has submitted the planning application for what it described as a ‘Live Site big screen’.

“The Council will await the decision of the application which, if granted, will allow the city to join in the celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012,” added the spokesperson.

Culture Minister Nelson McCausland recently announced that his department would fund such a project for the city.

It’s understood that DCAL helped facilitate discussions between the Derry City Council and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games to get a green light for the project.

There are currently 18 Live Sites operating across the UK with screens, featuring a broad range of UK-wide and local content, as well as events and partnerships with community, arts and media organisations.