Savoy Cinema post completion: view of the auditorium from ground floor towards screen


Showing seating and Venetian themed decorative scheme including Bridge of Sighs proscenium arch, curtain with Doge's Palace and elaborate wall elements.

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Savoy Cinema post completion: view of lobby


View of the lobby including entrances to stalls, ticket offices, stairs to ‘Balcony & Restaurant’ and ushers.

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Gala Cinema, Ballyfermot


Gala Cinema, Ballyfermot, constructed by G. & T. Crampton in 1955. The architects were McCormack and Boland. The building was a bingo hall but is now derelict.

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Savoy Cinema post completion: view of the auditorium along balcony edge


Showing the ground floor and balcony seating and wall decoration.

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Savoy Cinema post completion: external view of front façade with advertisements


Showing advertisements for ‘One Romantic Night’ and ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’.

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Savoy Cinema album front cover


Includes a partial drawing of the cinema façade.

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Savoy Cinema Album


An album of photographs recording the construction of the Savoy Cinema, O'Connell Street, Dublin and its appearance on completion.

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Savoy Cinema site works: view of site from first or second floor of building on opposite side of O’Connell Street


Showing the Fr Mathew statue in the centre foreground. On the street in front of the site is an ass-drawn advertising cart with notices for ‘Katie Sandwina (The Strongest Woman in the World) First Time in Ireland’.

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Savoy Cinema site works: front of site viewed from across O’Connell Street


Showing the site notice which reads ‘A Cinematograph Theatre/is being erected on this site/To seat 3,000 persons’. The builders are listed as Meagher & Hayes of Cork and Dublin, and the architect as ‘F.C. Mitchell L.R.I.B.A. London W.1’, with various contractors listed as follows: Steelwork: Messrs Blake & Co. Ltd, Sheffield. Heating & Ventilation: Messrs J. Jeffreys & Co. Ltd, London. Steel Casements: Messrs Critalls & Co. Ltd, London. Electrical Installation: Theatre Equipemnt LTd, Dublin. Lifts: Waygood Otis Ltd, London. Portland Stone: H. & J. Martin Ltd, Dublin. Stone Carving: William J. Greene, Dublin. Fibrous Plaster & Decoration: Alex Malcolm & Co. Ltd, Dublin. Seating & Furnishing: -, Dublin Plastering: -, Dublin Plumbing: -, Dublin. Sanitary Fittings: -, Dublin. Granite: Osborne & Brady, Ballyknocken, Wicklow.

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Savoy Cinema site works: external south side elevation


Savoy Cinema site works: external south side elevation

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Savoy Cinema site clearance and ground works: view from rear (north east) corner looking south west


Showing site clearance and ground works in progress. Visible are buildings on west side of O’Connell Street and Fr Mathew Statue, rear of recent completed building 11-13 Upper O’Connell Street on east side of O’Connell Street, top of Nelson’s Pillar, front of building on south side of Cathedral Street and rear of Pro-Cathedral. Large qualities of bricks from demolished structures remain stacked on site awaiting removal.

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Savoy Cinema site works: view from front of site (O’Connell Street) looking east


Showing the first elements of structural steel in place.

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Savoy Cinema site works: internal view showing steel structure of balcony and roof


Includes the steelwork for an internal dome.

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Savoy Cinema site clearance and ground works: view from front of site (O’Connell Street) looking east


Showing side of the Gresham Hotel, buildings on Thomas Lane, stacks of bricks and remains of basements of demolished structures and works ‘railway’ tracks.

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Savoy Cinema site works: oblique view of front façade


Showing Portland stone finished to first-floor level, scaffold and steelworks. Features an unattended pram at the site entrance.

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Savoy Cinema post completion: view of the auditorium from left side of balcony towards the screen


Savoy Cinema post completion: view of the auditorium from left side of balcony towards the screen

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Savoy Cinema site works: façade stone work nearing completion


Savoy Cinema site works: façade stone work nearing completion

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Savoy Cinema site works: view from rear (north east) corner looking south west


Showing the steel frame and external walls (using recycled brick and stone?).

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Savoy Cinema site works: view from rear (north east) corner looking south west


Showing the steel frame and basements under construction.

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Savoy Cinema site works: front viewed from centre of O’Connell Street


Showing the steelworks nearing completion. Also shows a crowd of onlookers.

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Savoy Cinema site works: internal view of almost fully enclosed auditorium space


Showing almost fully enclosed auditorium space from balcony, with steps for seating, towards screen wall.

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Savoy Cinema site works: internal view showing balcony and roof steelworks


Savoy Cinema site works: internal view showing balcony and roof steelworks

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Savoy Cinema site works: elevated view of front


Showing the first elements of the external Portland stone façade in place.

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