Gaiety Cinema

Bridge Street,
Carrick-on-Shannon

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Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim. The Gaiety Cinema opened in the early-1930’s. It had a 22ft wide proscenium and a small stage which was used for occasional variety acts. Seating was provided for 350 in stalls and balcony levels. There was also a cafe and a dance hall attached. It was run by J.J. Flood until around 1947 when it was bought by Jock O’Hanrahan, a surgeon from Roscommon. He sold it to a group of businessmen in 1972, when it was the only cinema in County Leitrim, who ran it until 1981 when Gerard Kelly took over. In the late-1990’s its future was uncertain but it was refurbished for a final time in 1997 and eventually closed in 2004 with a reduced seating capacity of 135. The shell of the building remains but the interior has been converted into various retails units including a hardware shop called Quidsworth.

Contributed by Gavin McGrath

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popcorn_pete
popcorn_pete on April 29, 2018 at 6:45 am

The Gaiety is shown as having 1 screen and 135 seats in a listing of Irish cinemas in 2001.

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