Ireland's first multiplex cinema the UCI Tallaght is to close.

On the day the Irish animation artist Richard Baneham wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work on 'Avatar', his local cinema, United Cinema International (UCI) Tallaght, is to close its doors for the last time.

Ireland's first multiplex cinema UCI Tallaght opened in The Square shopping centre in 1990 and local people are unhappy to see it go.

Tallaght’s now a population bigger than Limerick and we’re going to be left without a multiplex cinema so it’s very, very sad.

The closure follows notice from The Square's management who will not be renewing the cinema’s lease. Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin South-West Pat Rabbitte is also unhappy with the closure,

There are cinemas here for 20 years, there is a business, 57 experienced workers, they’re losing their jobs and it’s impossible to get to the bottom of why it’s happening.

A planning application passed for a new 14 screen cinema complex at Belgard Square East, on the site of the former Woodie’s, is believed to part of the reason for the closure. The UCI multiplex is also in need of refurbishment costing around 10 million euro.

Management of The Square plan to get a new operator for the cinema and carry out the work required for it to be operational by summer 2010.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 March 2010. The reporter is John Kilraine.