Plaza Cinerama Theatre

Granby Row,
Dublin D1

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Firms: Batchelor & Hicks, Stephenson, Gibney and Associates

Previous Names: Dorset Picture House, Plaza Cinema

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Plaza Cinema

Originally built in 1789 as a chapel, it later became a church before its conversion into the 800-seat Dorset Picture House in 1911, to the plans or architectural firm Batchelor & Hicks. It was operated by a Mr. W. Shanly. In around 1928 it was re-named Plaza Cinema and in later years had a reputation as being ‘a bit of a rough house’.

In 1967 it was converted into a Cinerama theatre opening on 28th September 1967 with “Grand Prix”. Designed by the architectural firm Stephenson, Gibney and Associates of Dublin, the auditorium had been transformed into a modern curtained space with a floor to ceiling screen. The façade boasted a new look with a 15ft high Cinerama logo sign. Closed on 28th July 1981, the former Plaza Cinema was converted into the National Wax Museum. Situated on a prominent corner site on Granby Row and Dorset Street Upper, the building was clad externally and was barely recognisable as a cinema.

It was closed and demolished in 2005 and hotel built on the site.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

jgcsm on August 22, 2005 at 4:59 pm

The former Plaza Cinema which housed the Wax Museum is now closed as the owner is going to demolish it and turn the land in to a hotel

irishcine on June 12, 2006 at 7:56 am

Cinema / Wax Museum was completely demolished in late 2005 for redevelopment. This former church, later Dorset / Plaza Cinema was reduced to bare ground and is, I believe, to be redeveloped as apartments.

irishcine on September 4, 2006 at 10:12 am

A picture of the former Dorset / Plaza /Cinerama Cinema taken shortly before its demolition in 2005 is at
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This photo shows it as the National Wax Museum (closed), which was the final use of this building and with exterior advertising features promoting the Wax Museum.

irishcine on October 14, 2007 at 1:39 am

There is now a Comfort Inn open on the site of this cinema.

JoeKino on January 24, 2012 at 5:43 am

The Plaza Cinerama was the only proper widescreen in Dublin to watch “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Bill_Gibbs on December 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm

One of the best Cinerama theatres that I ever visited. I think the problem was its location!

popcorn_pete on March 4, 2019 at 10:08 am

There are early references to this place as ‘Shanley’s Picture Hall’.

Biffaskin on July 3, 2023 at 12:06 pm

Architectural firm the initial conversion from church were Batchelor & Hicks, plans of 1911 for ‘Conversion into cinema of former Bethesda Church on corner of Dorset St Upper’.

Biffaskin on July 7, 2023 at 12:17 am

The conversion from a chapel to a cinema was for W. Shanly, not Shaulay as per the main text. Shanly had a small, but growing group of cinemas dotted around the UK and here in Dublin.

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