Capitol Cinema

Fair Street,

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Capitol Cinema

The Capitol Cinema was first listed in the Kine Year Books in 1934 and last listed in 1970 although its existence appears to span further than this. It was located in a former Zionist chapel and Young Men’s Society, owned by the Priestley family who were wool merchants. It was leased to Pat Fahy about 1931 and transferred to Bill Robinson and Lar Ward from 1935, but bought outright in 1951 and later run by Bill when Lar retired. Further down the line it was purchased by Cecil Napier and leased out to Paddy Buckley in 1984.

It closed in 1989 and of the two main cinemas in the town at the time, it was known as “the above” as opposed to the Central Cinema which was known as “the below”. The entrance block has now been demolished, but the auditorium survives.

Contributed by Gavin McGrath

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popcorn_pete on December 24, 2017 at 1:17 pm

The entrance block has been demolished.

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