16-18 O'Connell Street Upper,
16-18 O'Connell Street Upper,Dublin DO1 XK83
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The Savoy now has 13 screens. Twinned 1969, tripled 1975, five screens in 1979, six in 1988, seven in 2014, Screen 2 converted to three screens in 2016, Screen 1 converted to five screens in 2018. The cinema was built on the site of the Granville Hotel with two other sources giving the opening date as 29 November 1929.
As a regular attendant to Sunday afternoon matinees i look on it as a crime that the beautiful venetion acrhitecture was destroyed during the renovation. It could have been covered over and made availible to later generations to enjoy. To try to replicate it today would be prohibitably expensive. I can still see it in my mind.
Savoy 1 theatre from 1969 – 1979 was a magnificent place to see a movie – that’s where I saw the original STAR WARS in 1977.
The largest cinema here was host to a heated special meeting of the Bank of Ireland last Friday, with overflow accomodation used to seat the generally disaffected shareholders. This might be a relatively profitable new line of business for large cinemas, but the RTE TV 6p.m and 9p.m. news carried extensive film coverage showing the meeting, and by default the cinema interior. This news coverage should still be available, for a time, on the RTE news website.
Photo of the Savoy here:–
A close-up of the entrance to the Savoy Cinema as seen in June 2006:
The Savoy opened on 29th November 1929. The Venetian Atmospheric style auditorium was designed by interior designer W.E. Greenwood.