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 recalls: “… that time there’d be queue’s for the cinema and as two people would leave the usherette would bring down two into them seats……” (Carmel O’Reilly p.5)

Many of our interviewees mention cinema-going as a passtime - this image has a nice period feel to it

Source: Cinema Queue in Dublin c.1944 Image taken from British Paramount newsreel still - Visnews Library. In Lee, Joseph and O'Tuathaigh, Gearoid. (!982) The Age of DeValera. Ward River Press in association with Radio Telefis Eireann, Dublin. p.189

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"Cinema Queue in Dublin c.1944." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #213 (accessed February 23 2018, 4:50 am)