All upcoming concerts and events at the venue are now cancelled

Grand Central Hall on Renshaw Street has been closed today amid claims that the operator built up rent arrears of more than £1.2m. A statement sent to Confidentials said that the owners of the building, Nextdom Property Ltd, had served official notice of forfeiture of the lease to venue operator Local Bar Four Limited, and that the building’s locks had been changed.

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Grand Central Hall on Renshaw Street Image: Confidentials

A spokesperson for landlord Nextdom Property Limited said: “We re-entered premises peacefully with a certificated enforcement agency in accordance with the Regulations as per the Tribunal Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

“The move follows repeated attempts to seek the co-operation of the venue operator to an arrears payment plan following the end of the government-imposed rent holiday during lockdown. The operator re-commenced trading at the end of lockdown, hosting a series of sell-out concerts.

“We’ve extended a huge amount of goodwill to the operator and we have made this move with some regret,” added Nextdom Property’s spokesperson.

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The Mysterines at Grand Central, Sound City 2021 Image: Confidentials

Local Bar Four, operators of Grand Central Hall, The Dome Theatre, The Liffey Pub and the Nelly Foleys Pub issued a statement confirming that the venues have closed.

“Massive problems arose over the last few years with the Landlords which have now culminated in High Court action being taken against the Landlords.

“The Spokesperson for Maureen Bramwell also stated that despite over 300 complaints to the Landlords confirming their concerns for the Building and the Facilities, that the Landlords failed to respond and she was left with no option but to serve notice to them of High Court Action in the matter."

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The venue in candlelight for an orchestral tribute to Daft Punk Image: Confidentials

The statement continued, “The Landlords were informed by her Solicitors on Thursday 24th March 2022. The Landlord responded by locking them out of the building on the 29th March 2022.

“Maureen Bramwell went on to state that because of the impending Court Cases she is not at liberty to give any further details. She stated she will do her talking in Court.

"It is now also reported that a separate Court action is also being taken against the Landlord by an Equipment Leasing Company that owns all the Fixtures & Fittings in the buildings and it is their intention to obtain Court Orders to strip the buildings of their belongings.

“No further statements are being released at this time.”

Maureen Bramwell is listed on Companies House as director of Grand Central Hall and Local Bar Four Limited.

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