New Cinema

Weafer Street, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford,

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The cinema was built for Thomas Doyle and opened on St Patrick’s Day 1937. It was constructed of concrete and steel and had a balcony and lounge room with a large stage to accommodate stage productions. The opening film was “Limelight” with Anna Neagle and Arthur Tracy followed by “The Irish in Us” with James Cagney on the Friday and the Saturday. It is possible that this became the Astor listed in the Kine Year Books from 1939 to 1971, as that was also run by Doyle but it wasn’t uncommon for businessmen to have more than one cinema per town on the go at the same time. The current situation with this building is unclear.

Contributed by Gavin McGrath
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