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1929 – Savoy Cinema, O’Connell Street, Dublin

Architect: F.C. Mitchell



Designed in the same stripped Classical style as the adjacent Gresham Hotel and Hammam Chambers, the Savoy was once one of the great “atmospherics” – the massive interior decorated on a Venetian theme.


The safety curtain had a painting of the Doge’s Palace, the proscenium arch was in the shape of a Venetian bridge, and decorative Venetian windows and balconies looked down on the audience. All that is gone now, as the cinema was split up to provide multiple smaller theatres some years back.

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Architect: Robert Atkinson Rebuilt (1925-27) after the ravages of the Civil War, the Gresham Hotel is a Dublin landmark. It...