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The Crane Lane Theatre hosts a diverse mix of events, and all types of people frequent the bar. Located in an old gentleman's club, the Crane Lane Theatre stays true to its roots with occasional nods to the burlesque. Other than that, this is a great live music venue that is open late. With a beer garden, and three different rooms, there is always a place for you at Crane Lane Theatre.
Everyman Palace Theatre is a beautifully-restored Victorian theatre is one of Cork's finest, the large stage being complemented by a spacious and ornate auditorium. The theatre showcases both Irish and international talent. Recent visitors include Macnas with a fascinating, dreamlike interpretation of the life of Van Gogh, Diamonds in the Soil, and Arthur Miller's twentieth century classic, Death of a Salesman, produced by Corinthians. The Everyman Palace is also very busy during the annual Jazz Festival; the legendary Elvin Jones and Courtney Pine are just two of the many talented artists that have entertained here in the recent past. There's also an in-house bar; you can enjoy quaffing the obligatory pint while the buzzer rings signaling the start of the second act.
A favorite hangout for fans of live music, Cyprus Avenue features many local bands. No music fan will ever be disappointed here, since bands not only play rock, but also other genres of music like blues, soul, etc. Tickets to performances can be purchased online. Check website for schedules of latest gigs schedules.
Situated in the heart of the city beside the river Lee, the Opera House has been providing Cork with entertainment of varying kinds for many years. The building is modern, it was constructed in 1965 after its predecessor had been destroyed by fire, ten years before. There are large windows at the front allowing a view of the city to those enjoying a drink in the attractive bar. The programme of events is varied, and includes opera, drama, music and films. Recent productions have included Aida, the acclaimed Druid production of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and the final of the legendary "Over 60s" talent show. At the beginning of October, the Opera House is the base of the Cork Film Festival. It has a capacity of around one thousand.
For the past five years, the best acts from Ireland, the UK, and the USA have been brought to Cork City by City Limits Comedy Club. There are currently two shows a week, on Friday and Saturday nights. Ardal O'Hanlon, Ed Byrne, Dylan Moran and Tommy Tiernan are just some of the home-grown talent to have graced the stage in recent times. This club is very popular so it's a good idea to get there early if you want a seat. Once the comedy is over, it's possible for patrons can gain admission to the nightclub free of charge.
Half Moon Theatre, an attractive, glass-fronted, split-level development has become increasingly popular in the three years since its opening, especially as a late night live music club. It's well-located in the city centre, to the rear of the Cork Opera House. Since its opening it has undergone substantial renovations making it an excellent multi-purpose entertainment venue. From bands to alternative theatre, comedy to the best DJs, this venue has something for everyone. There are two stages and three bars. Featuring great club nights like Planet Funk and Soulsides the "Half Moon" is sure to please.
This intimate theatre on the north side of Cork City is the ideal location to enjoy an evening of quality drama. The programme is a quirky mixture of modern and classic drama; a production of Hamlet can be followed by one of the Marat/Sade. Cork Arts Theatre also runs a production company, so for those who fancy themselves as budding Brando's, opportunity knocks! Facilities include a bar upstairs where patrons can enjoy a tipple during the interval.
The Munster Literature Centre (Tigh Litríochta) is a veritable treat for lovers of contemporary Irish literature. Aiming to promote the literature of Munster in Ireland, this charitable arts' center organizes a host of eclectic programs for one and all. Attend exotic cultural dos, book readings, book launches, literature festivals, workshops and competitions or pick something up from their publishing house: Southword Editions. The center is mentored by the Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland and furthers the cause of many a new and upcoming writer. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
An Cruiscin Lan is one of the best live music venues in the city of Cork. It has been playing host to several international artists, bands, DJs and so on for over two decades. The venue is credited for having excellent technical facilities with great lighting and amazing acoustics. The front of the stage has been provided with a special security barrier. There are refreshments and drinks available in the in-house bar. Every night offers a different platter along with a different event. Some of the most popular artists, djs and artists have enthralled audiences wiht their dynamic performances and music talent. Check website for details on upcoming events.
Capital Cineplex is Cork's most central cinema. It features mainly mainstream movies, though the odd art house film is shown from time to time. The theaters are spacious and all include Dolby digital stereo. You can pick up some tasty snacks and drinks to enjoy during the film in the foyer. There are discounts for students, and gift vouchers are also available.
Located in a historic building that was a former church, Triskel Arts Centre is an amalgamation of cinema, music and visual art. Each month, the center presents a varied schedule of events, featuring artists and performers from both, home and abroad. Guided tours are available of the venue every Tuesday and Thursday to explore the history of the church.
Situated in the historic Shandon quarter of the city, the Institute for Choreography and Dance is a dance development agency unique of its kind in Ireland. It's housed in the location of the old Butter Exchange; the building was destroyed by fire in 1980 and afterward was refurbished to host the now defunct Irish National Ballet. Its facilities include a 240-seat theatre, rehearsal studios, and workshop and conference facilities. Central to the institute's policy is to nurture, support and develop endeavors in the creation of new dance works, choreographic research and exchange dance programmes. It's fast becoming a significant and vital factor in the evolution and expansion of dance in Ireland. A recent highlight was the world premiere of Colmcille, produced by New Balance Dance Company in association with Arc Dance.