This gorgeous Dublin cinema was voted number one in TimeOut's list of the 50 Best Cinemas in the UK and Ireland in 2021.
When it opened in 1923, the Stella was the largest cinema in Ireland, with a seating capacity of 1,283. In the 1970s, it doubled as a gig venue.
The cinema closed in 2004 and the Art Deco movie house, which locals had dubbed "the flea house" underwent a massive restoration. The Stella Cinema reopened in 2017, returned to its "Gatsby-esque glory."
Today, the one-screen theater now accompanies 216 in plush red leather seats, with low-lit vintage lamps on accompanying side tables. Two-person sofas and beds, complete with cashmere throws, are also available.
The old ballroom was turned into a swanky cocktail bar, and the theater's menu offers indulgences such as buttermilk chicken and cinnamon churros.
There is a cost to be steeped in such decadence. Armchairs at the Stella cost 19 euros a piece, while the luxurious bed and sofas cost 38 euros for two.
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The Stella was not the only Irish cinema on the Time Out's, which recognized movie theaters that provide a "unique big-screen experience."
Phoenix Cinema (#48) in Dingle was noted for being the "most westerly" and "possibly being the most friendly."
The full list of best cinemas in the UK and Ireland can be found here.