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Volta Cinema, Mary St. c. 1950

This cinema is mentioned by a number of our interviewees.

Volta Cinema, Mary St. c. 1950. Liam O'Leary - Irish Film…

Tivoli Theatre, Burgh Quay

The Tivoli Theatre is mentioned by a number of our interviewees.

Source: Tivoli Theatre, Burgh Quay. National Library -…

Theatre Royal, Hawkin's Street

Theatre Royal, Hawkin's Street. The first Theatre Royal opened in 1821 but was destroyed by fire in 1880. A new Theatre Royal was built on the site and opened in 1897. This was demolished in 1930 and replaced by the third Theatre Royal in 1935. This…

The Savoy Cinema, 1954

The Savoy Cinema, 1954 The Savoy is the oldest remaining cinema in the city centre. It was formally opened by President Cosgrave in November 1929 and could seat nearly 3,000 at that time. One of the biggest attractions ever screened there was Gone…

Capitol Cinema, Princes Street 1954

Capitol Cinema, Princes Street began life in the early 1920s as LaScala Theatre and Ballroom. In 1927 Ireland's first talking picture, The Singing Fool starring Al Jolson was presented in the Capitol. The cinema closed in 1972.

The Capitol cinema…

The Metropole Cinema, O'Connell Street. c.1923

This building contained a Cinema, Ballroom, two Bars and a Restaurant. The cinema, which seated 1,000, opened in 1922 with Peck's Bad Boy starring Jackie Coogan. The Metropole closed in 1972. It was demolished and the site is now occupied by Penny's…

Cinema Queue in Dublin c.1944

Before the advent of television, "going to the pictures" was a favourite form of entertainment for Dubliners. A popular film would draw large crowds of cinema-goers who would queue, often for long periods of time, to gain admittance. As interviewee…

Carmel O'Reilly remembers going to the cinema with her husband.

In this extract Carmel O'Reilly remembers that herself and her husband went very often to the various cinemas around Dublin. She recalls the early years of her married…

Seamus Marken talks about the activities he and his friends would do when he was young. In particular he remembers going to the cinema.

In this extract Seamus Marken remembers that he used to meet his friends on the corner at night after his tea. He says that if they had any money they would go to the pictures. He describes the different cinemas he would go to and remembers that some…