The curtain goes up at Andrews Lane a new theatre for Dublin.

The new Dublin venue is being described as a city centre theatre complex.

The 220 seat auditorium has moveable seats so that it can be used for conferences as well as productions. There's also an eighty seat studio for smaller shows.

The Andrews Lane venue incorporates two theatres, a 220 seat auditorium and an 80 seat studio.

Andrews Lane is the only theatre in Dublin that is not funded by the state. It is owned by a company whose directors include Riada Stockbrokers, actor Hugh O'Donnell, Pat Moylan and theatre manager Terry O'Dea. 

Five people have invested over a quarter of a million pounds in the theatre which is to be run as a commercial proposition.

Hugh O'Donnell explains how the project came about.  

Andrews Lane theatre was officially opened by entertainer Maureen Potter.

I'm delighted to be here today for the opening of St Andrews Lane Theatre. It's a marvellous occasion and I hope that very soon this lovely place will be full of young actors and actresses keeping Dublin theatre alive and well.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 31 August 1989. The reporter is Jeri Ward.