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This fine 19th-century venue has a fading glory that perfectly suits its dual function as both a theater and a venue for live bands. Productions are generally of the more mainstream variety, while the venue's large capacity is popular with visiting rock acts from Britain and further afield. Check the local press for details of what's on. The Olympia's annual pantomime has also become somewhat of a national institution.
Gaiety is one of the oldest theaters in Dublin and is popular for screening international films. A Victorian-era landmark with some of its original elements intact, this beautiful historic theater also features celebrity, bronze-cast handprints of theater stalwarts within its premises. Apart from showing new and old movies, Gaiety is also famously home to the Christmas pantomime, an annual performance that has been a tradition at the theater since 1874.
An architecturally and culturally iconic venue in the city, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (formerly Grand Canal Theatre) is the brainchild of Mike Adamson, CEO of LiveNation. The need for such a theater arose because numerous international theater groups were yearning to perform in the city, but save for the O2, there wasn't a venue prominent enough to host them, and the O2 couldn't accommodate all of the performances in its schedule. Thus, an initiative for another first-rate theater was taken, and with the approval of the Dublin Dockyards Development Authority, the construction of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre began in 2007. Opened in March 2010, this theater has hosted a passel of cultural events, including ballets, plays, operas, concerts and much more. With a capacity of 2111, this is one of the premier venues for major events in the city.
Opened in 1988, Millbank Theatre is home to the Rush Dramatic Society. This 145-seater theater was completely renovated and refurbished in 2002, thereby further modernizing and upgrading its facilities. Patrons can enjoy theater experience complete with plush chairs, better lighting and acoustics system and a bar area. Apart from staging dramas, Millbank also conducts workshops, classes and art festivals on a regular basis.