County Cinema

Spencer Street,

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Architects: Patrick Digby

Styles: Art Deco

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County Cinema

The County Cinema opened at the end of March 1939, presumably a replacement for the Ellison Cinema owned by the same Bourke family. It had a Philips sound system installed and had 680 seats. A fire occurred in March 1948 and much of it had to be rebuilt. It reopened on 28th January 1949 with Joel McCrea in “The Virginian”. It had a seating capacity for 700, with 200-seats in the balcony, 300-seats in the stalls and 200-seats in the pit. It closed as a 3-screen cinema on 14th January 1999.

The building suffered an arson attack on 12th June 2001 although the fire was brought under control. It was later demolished and replaced with Stephen’s Place flats along with retail including Domino’s Pizza. One of the notable managers at the County Cinema was Willie Ainsworth.

Contributed by Gavin McGrath

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popcorn_pete on April 29, 2018 at 8:51 am

The County actually closed on 14 January 1999 shortly after the opening of Mayo Movie World.

popcorn_pete on January 24, 2022 at 9:12 am

The fire referred to was in March 1948 with cinema reopening 28 January 1949 showing The Virginian. Seating given as 700 (balcony 200, stalls 300, pit 200) with the architect as Pat Digby.

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