Theatre De Luxe
85-86 Lower Camden Street,
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Located in the south of the city centre. The Theatre De Luxe was actually built on the site of the 1912-built Theatre Deluxe. The ‘new’ Theatre De Luxe was built in 1920 in a Neo-Classical style It was designed by architect R.M. Butler and opened on 4th September 1920 with 1,200 seats. In 1934 the façade was remodelled in an Art Deco/Egyptian style by architect Alfred E. Jones of architectural firm Jones & Kelly. The auditorium was also re-modelled and the seating capacity increased to 1,395 when it re-opened 19th October 1934. It had a 30ft wide proscenium, a 32ft deep stage and there were six dressing rooms. For much of its career, the Theatre De Luxe was a second-run cinema and part of the Rank Organisation chain of cinemas.
The Theatre De Luxe was closed on 29th June 1974. It was sold to the Gael Linn organisation who planned to convert it into a Irish language live theatre, but those plans never materialised. In 1979 a new floor was extended across the auditorium at balcony level and the upper section became Ricardo’s snooker club, which was seen in the 1991 film “The Commitments”. The former Theatre De Luxe was later converted into a hotel, which had closed by 2014.
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