Odeon Stillorgan

Lower Kilmacud Road,
Stillorgan 19

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Odeon Stillorgan

The original Ormonde Cinema in Stillorgan opened in 1954 and was at that time part of the independant Kavanagh chain of cinemas. Declining attendance saw the cinema close in 1978 and sold to developers. The original cinema was demolished as part of a shopping centre development.

On 5th February 1983 a new Ormonde Cinemas opened as part of the Stillorgan Shopping Centre development. The new Ormonde Cinemas was the first purpose built three screen cinema in Ireland.

In 1997 the cinema was extended and rebuilt as a seven screen cineplex. It was operated by the Movies@ chain. It was closed in early-May 2011. It was taken over by the Odeon/UCI chain on 1st June 2011 and renamed UCI, reopening on 12th July 2011. By 2013, it had been re-named Odeon

Contributed by Pat Nolan

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irishcine
irishcine on January 16, 2009 at 6:39 am

Perhaps this will help.

While the original Ormonde faced the street directly, the redeveloped cinema complex is accessed from a short (private?) lane and the entrance is now at right angles to the main road.

irishcine
irishcine on May 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

Passing today the LED sign said that a new digital projection system was in operation in all cinemas.

Buffer
Buffer on April 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

The Cinema was advertised in the Irish Times on April 9th 2014 as for sale in excess of E3.5m. The current tenants Ashbourne Cinemas trading as Odeon are unaffected.

popcorn_pete
popcorn_pete on July 12, 2018 at 6:10 am

Opened 5 February 1983, five of the seven screens are situated at basement level.

Torchlight
Torchlight on April 7, 2019 at 9:22 am

On 1 June 2011 the Odeon/UCI group announced the acquisition of nine existing cinemas and two pipeline cinemas from Enterprises Enterprises (EE). Apart from three UCI cinemas and five Storm cinemas, the deal included the “recently acquired” Ormonde cinema at Stillorgan, according to the press release.

The previous owners of the Ormonde (prior to the sale to EE) were the O’Gorman family, who at that time, in partnership with the Spurling family, also owned two multiplexes in the Dublin area – Movies @ Dundrum and Movies @ Swords.

Regarding the claim that it was operated by Movies @ prior to the sale to EE; perhaps there was a level of management involvement by or co-operation with Movies @ in the period in question. For instance, the press ads in the Irish Times in the months prior to the sale to Odeon/UCI placed the Ormonde displays alongside the Movies @ displays, although they were not joint ads.

The Ormonde closed in early May 2011. It reopened on 12 July 2011 as a UCI; it was fully digital and able to show 3D features.

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