Ormonde Cinema

Main Street,
Midleton

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A small cinema located in Midleton, East Cork. Originally opened prior to 1937. The proscenium was 30 feet wide.

It was a family owned concern and was later twinned. It closed circa 2005, possibly due to the nearby Gate Multiplex cinema opening.

Contributed by Editha Pearce

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irishcine
irishcine on April 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

This former cinema location should be listed as Midleton, not under Mildenton!

I suspect that the former Star and Southern Star cinema was at the other end of the town, not the the Ormonde location.

ArtDirector
ArtDirector on April 11, 2013 at 3:42 am

There were two cinemas in Midleton. The ‘Southern Star’ was a silent cinema. It closed when the owner was killed by a lion in Africa, according to local gossip. (This is Ireland don’t forget!) It was still standing the last time I visited. It had become an auction room and it was at the Cork end of the Main Street. I remember that the projection portholes were still in evidence years after closure. It later was converted to a furniture store and evidence of its cinematic former self was lost.

The Ormond was according to local gossip owned by Conny Carey. It was built for “the Talkies”. It had a single tier with a shallow rake. The cinema was on a side street and the box office was situated on the pavement between the entrance doors. It was latterly operated by the |Green family. They partitioned-off the end with the splay walls and divided the auditorium into two narrow mini cinemas. The exterior from the back the cinema looked like a Dutch barn with a curved roof of corrugated concrete panels.

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