State Theatre

376 North Circular Road,
Phibsborough,
Dublin 7

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The State Theatre, located in Phibsborough, a district to the north of Dublin. It was a new build cinema by Odeon (Ireland) to replace the former Phibsborough Cinema on the same site near Doyles Corner. Always a single screen cinema, it was the first Dublin cinema to be designed for CinemaScope presentations and it opened on 24th April 1954 with Anthony Steel in “West of Zanzibar”. It was designed by the architects O'Connor & Aylward. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 45 feet wide.

It was closed by Odeon in 1974 as part of a substantial programme of cinema closures.

Briefly used for theatrical performances after closure, despite having no proper stage facilities, it later became a shop, an ice rink and is presently in use as a furniture vendor. The exterior is substantially unchanged but the interior has been altered.

Contributed by irishcine

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irishcine
irishcine on September 27, 2006 at 11:41 am

Somehow missing from the earlier post by me is the date of opening, which was April 24th 1954.

irishcine
irishcine on October 4, 2006 at 12:18 pm

Some recent photos of the former State Cinema, Dublin here
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The State Cinema, despite the name, was never owned by the government at any time.

irishcine
irishcine on August 17, 2008 at 3:10 am

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.

irishcine
irishcine on December 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm

The Google map reference for this cinema is spectacularly wrong, showing a location on the opposite side of Dublin, many miles from the poor old State.

The building remains in Phibsboro.

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