1940 – Ritz Cinema, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Architect: Michael Scott & Associates


The Ritz Cinema (1939-40) is attributed to Michael Scott but was in fact designed by Bill O’Dwyer who was working and studying in the office of Michael Scott at that time. While it is impossible for a successful architect to fully design all the buildings that come into his practice, Scott seems to have produced only rough sketches for the project leaving O’Dwyer to design the building. O’Dwyer was to be responsible for many of the cinema commissions undertaken by the firm in these years including two other Ritz cinemas at Carlow (1937) and Athlone (1939).

It opened on 23rd March 1940 seating 980 people, closed on 18th September 1976, and later demolished.