Re: Re: Historic bingo hall escapes demolition under apartments scheme
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The Star Cinema Crumlin Road was designed by Messrs. Jones and Kelly,and took a year to construct. It was opened by the Lord Mayor, Senator Andrew S Clarkin on 15 January 1953, with it’s first film being “Tea for Two”.
It closed as a cinema in December 1971, when Gael Linn took over the building. Since then it has been variously used as a warehouse, snooker hall, a roller disco, and more recently as a bingo hall.
Whilst never being as luxurious as the Odeons and other picture palaces in say the UK, nevertheless these older suburban cinemas were an important part of cultural life for vast numbers of people, and were much loved.
Some of them did have vague Art Deco references, in windows, staircases light fittings,and some interior details…
As in the case of the Adelphi, Carlton, Stella etc it is sad to see another piece of urban heritage being swept away by yet another faceless block of apartments, which I’m sure will happen, despite the current objections to this plan.
With thanks to Jim Keenan, author of ” Dublin Cinemas”