80 St. Patrick's Street,

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Pavilion Cinema

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The Pavilion Cinema was opened on 10th March 1921 with D.W. Griffith’s “The Greatest Obsession”. It had a decorative white stone facade. Inside the 900-seat auditorium it had a 26 feet wide proscenium. An additional facility was a cafe, located on the first floor above the entrance. It was the first cinema in Cork to be equipped for ‘talkies’ on 5th August 1929. In February 1930 it was damaged by a fire, and was re-opened in June 1930 after repairs had been carried out.

The Pavilion Cinema and its cafe were closed in August 1989. It was always independently operated.

The auditorium was converted into a nightclub, while the former foyer became retail use. Today, the auditorium is a live music venue & bar named the Pavilion, with much of the original decoration restored. Entrance is gained from a former exit at the rear in Carey’s Lane. The former foyer is a branch of HMV entertainment stores.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

CSWalczak on October 2, 2012 at 8:18 am

Pictures of the Pavilion Cinema can be seen here and here.

irishcine on December 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

As this cinema has been closed for decades, it should not appear as open.There is nothing of the former cinema to be seen within the HMV shop.

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