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Hugh Smullen remembers when he first started courting his now wife, May.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers when he first starting courting his now wife, May. He remembers that he used spend his tips from his delivery job bringing her out to the picture house and afterwards they would share a bag of chips and mug of…

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…

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…

Hugh Smullen talks about when he first met his wife.

In this extract Hugh Smullen talks about how he first met his wife. He remembers he and his friends used to congregate at the swimming baths in Cabra. He notes that at the time the boys would get into the baths but the girls wouldn't, they would…

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…