Large capacity venue formerly known as the Point
In 1988, on the site of a train depot which had stood at North Wall Quay since 1878, the Point Theatre was opened. Over the following two decades the venue was used not just as a music venue, but as an ice-skating rink, wrestling ring, opera house, and three-ring circus, to name just a few. It also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest three times. It hosted the first ever public performance of the world renowned Riverdance as the interval act for the 1994 Eurovision.
In 2007, however, it was closed for a major renovation which would bring it into the 21st century. While the arena was largely reconstructed at this time, it did retain a few original architectural features, most notably the stone arches lining the front of the building. It reopened in late 2008, with its seated capacity increased to almost 3,000. Hometown heroes U2 were the first to perform in the renovated arena, and it has since gone on to host some of the world’s biggest stars, making it one of the top ten busiest music arenas in the world. Just a twenty minute bus or tram ride, or forty minute walk, from the Drury Court Hotel, it is a must-see for music lovers visiting Dublin.