Southern Star Cinema
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In Midleton, County Cork, this building, at the junction of Main Street and Cork Road at The Green, was originally the Southern Star Cinema.
In the entry for the town’s Ormande Cinema, Art Director commented, on 11th April 2003, that “There were two cinemas in Midleton. The Southern Star Cinema 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 Road end of the Main Street. I remember that the projection portholes were still in evidence years after closure. It later was converted to a Regency furniture store and evidence of its cinematic former self was lost”.
There is no mention of the Southern Star Cinema in the 1914 Kine Year Book. The 1931 edition does have it listed, owned by Southern Star Cinema Company. “Pictures and Variety” were presented, utilising a 16ft deep stage and two dressing rooms. “Two nights weekly” was also noted; whether this referred only to film shows is not known. The 1940 edition also mentions a 15ft wide proscenium. It was not listed in the 1953 edition; by this time, the same company had opened the Ormande Cinema, at which time, presumably, the Southern Star Cinema was closed.
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