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I recently saw the middle part of “How the West was Won” again on television here, and I mean literally the middle,just part of the screen from the original Cinerama presentation was visible, running from the centre to just beyond the joins on both sides. Often the actors on both sides were entirely out of shot, yet holding a dialogue. Sometimes the operator woke up and panned across, but often it was too late, by the time the penny dropped. It was a very faded print also.
“How the Mighty are Fallen”
If you never saw it in a theatre, it is hard to envisage how it once looked.
Still in use for retail purposes, with most of the lower floor in use by a furniture retailer. Other smaller shops have the remainder of the space. The balcony space is closed off, and any internal features characteristic of cinema business are gone.
Passed it again last week, it remains closed with no signs of development.
Another photo here
The most recent redevelopment plans for the Carlton and associated sites, which include 110 retail units, an anchor retailer on O'Connell Street, 108 apartments, office space, three new public squares and a roof-top restaurant quarter are now on hold.
Dublin City Council have now requested additional information, raising queries about traffic management, parking and the movement of construction trucks as well as design aspects, before it will decide whether or not to grant planning permission for this scheme. The Developer will have six months to respond.
Hawkins House seems likely to survive, the recession in property seems to have put redevelopment plans on hold.
A series of views of the Scala can be seen in this set, first one at
This cinema facade is now supposed to move 50m up the street!
Comprehensive, and likely controversial plans to redevelop this area have just now been published by the developers, involving a new street and square, and a park on the “ski-jump” shaped roof of one of the many new buildings. As a part of this exercise, the facade of the Carlton alone would, pointlessly, relocate up the street and be retained in a complex of mainly glass walled modern development.
Remains closed with no signs of activity.
The Cinema museum is still using the Shell Auditorium in early 2008.
In recent years the Marivaux, after a long period when it was empty and unused, has been converted to a conference centre. The exterior and front hall seems very tasteful but I was not able to go inside recently, as there was a business conference in progress at the time so I do not know how much adaptation has taken place.
Visited recently. More exciting on the outside than on the inside, with an interior which is seemingly substantially altered for orchestra use, and with very plain lobbies in pale colours. The New World Symphony Orchestra seems to be building a very large new facility near the Lincoln. Anybody know what this will mean for the Lincoln? Will it still be used or become redundant?
I believe it has recently closed, but I cannot confirm that, anybody know for sure.
Early view here
Illustrations of the Savoy Cinema, Waterford, then and now, are shown on the Art Deco Ireland website.
See View link
Sorry, I should have given the web adress for Art Deco Ireland.
What a sad set of photos, I particularly liked the art deco seat ends. W R Glen was the house architect for the ABC chain, designing many cinemas, now mostly demolished as the survival rate of his buildings is fairly low. These include the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin, where part of the facade remains as an entry to a multi-story car park. You can see a photograph of it on the Art Deco Ireland website.
This cinema, with a rather heavy art deco style facade, is still extant, but it is closed for cinema use for some time. Very little maintenance has been done in recent years, as is common in Cuba, but it remains in fair condition. A community group is trying to use it for local purposes, childrens theatre etc.
The Fausto may no longer be in use as a cinema but it is now used as a theatre and it remains undivided and in fairly good condition, with many original features. As with many buildings in Cuba, lack of resources means a gradual decline which is a problem, but on the other hand saves it from the drastic remodelling or destruction that might happen in other places.
While the city recently won the court case concerning the property, or this stage of it anyhow, the Carlton remains closed, while plans for a large redevelopment are developed. This might involve a new public square, on the derelict site next door but recent mentions in the press do not suggest that a multiplex will be developed on the Carlton site as once envisaged. Further up the street, the closed Rotunda / Ambassador cinema is expected to be converted into a new public library
The Xenon is indeed a modern cinema in Maputo, located close to a small shopping mall and some of the bigger hotels. This photo was taken earlier this year, I was not able to visit it but it seemed to be in good shape and seems also to be an auditorium style cinema. The Xenon chain is affiliated with a Portugese cinema operator. Rather worrying, however, was that, presumably bootleg, DVD’s of the attraction then showing at the Xenon were for sale at street markets just across the road, and for less than the price of admission.
There is now a Comfort Inn open on the site of this cinema.
I rather agree with Ken, knowing of a cinema may help to unearth more information and photographs of cinemas whose history is unrecorded. Of course it would be better if we had all the information in the beginning.
There are now plans to demolish the office block that replaced the Theatre Royal.
Hawkins House was built on the site of the Theatre Royal and the Regal Rooms Cinema by their owners, the Rank Organisation. It has regularly topped polls since as the ugliest building in Dublin, but is fully occupied mainly by government agencies including the Department of Health. There are suggestions that the nearby Screen Cinema, built as the New Metropole by Irish Rank but soon disposed of on part of the site and still in use as a cinema, might also be included in redevelopment plans. So it is possible that Hawkins House, which already led to the demise of two cinemas, might bring down another one when it is redeveloped.
Recent photos are at