Mall Theatre and Arts Centre

Stable Lane,
Corralea West,

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Mall Theatre and Arts Centre

Located in Taum, County Galway. The “Cinema” was founded in 1917 and was run by the O’Connor family as a theatre showing silent pictures. It closed for renovations in 1931, and presumably the installation of sound equipment, reopening on Easter Sunday 5th April that year when it had an RCA Photophone sound system. The opening film was “Gay Madrid” starring, rather appropriately, Ramon Navarro. The Marion Choral Society made regular use of the cinema staging a production of “The Gondoliers” in 1940. It finally closed as a cinema on 2nd May 1988.

It was briefly taken up by Motor Factors but later refurbished and reopened as the Mall Theatre and Arts Centre in September 1993. The opening performance was “I Do Like Thee Dr Fell”. The auditorium now has 217 seats but the centre does not screen films.

Contributed by Gavin McGrath
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