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A small correction to the name of the architect, it was Adrien Blomme. Blomme(1878-1940) had already done other work for the Belgian brewing family Wielemans-Ceuppens, who had financial interests in the earlier Hotel Metropole (which is still extant) and in the new Cinema.
From the very beginning, some of the basement function rooms of the Hotel were located under the cinema. The Zadkine panel has been reported to remain, invisible, on the premises but the public spaces of the interior retain no features whatever.
The Broadway Cinema opened in 1914.
In the 1940’s it seated about 650 persons. It has been out of cinema purposes since the late 1950’s.
Demolished 1999 after being out of cinema use for several years.
There is more information, and some photos, about the Ritz Athlone on the following web page. Indeed this site has a considerable number of pages devoted to Irish cinemas.
Got a better look at the developments here yesterday.
All, but the first three feet in depth, or so, of the red brick street side facade is completely gone. The facade is now propped up for retention.
All of the auditorium area is demolished down to ground level.
Cinema / Wax Museum was completely demolished in late 2005 for redevelopment. This former church, later Dorset / Plaza Cinema was reduced to bare ground and is, I believe, to be redeveloped as apartments.
Very extensive rebuilding is underway at the Metro and it is closed at present.
It would seem that the building is being completely renovated, back to the bare walls, with what looks like a new and changed roof, presumably to provide some more space for multiplex use but no information was available on the site hoardings as to the future design.
The multiplex cinema that replaced the original Savoy, and retained the Savoy name, has itself closed and the complex was demolished during 2005. It is not intended to provide a cinema in the redevelopment and Limerick City is without any city centre full time cinema (there are multiplexes in the suburban malls).
There is a lot more about this cinema, amongst others, on the Art Deco Ireland Website at
Rather more about the continuing history of the Carlton cinema here.
At present, June 2006, the situation remains unchanged with the cinema closed but extant.
The Strand Cinema, with the exception of the street facade and entrance area which is being retained seemingly, has now been demolished.
After a long period when it became more and more decayed, I spotted demolition crews working on it earlier this year, with all of the auditorium area already demolished.