Gaiety Theatre

Mitchell Street,
Tipperary Town

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Architects: Thomas Jackson

Previous Names: Aherlow Film Theatre

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Gaiety Theatre

Located in Tipperary Town, County Tipperary. The Gaiety Theatre was based in the Town Hall and had opened by 1956 when the play “Robin Hood” was staged. It appears to have been operated by the same company who ran the Excel next door, and earlier the Picturedrome. It had 600 seats and a Western Electric(WE) sound system fitted. The emphasis here seems to have been more on theatre than cinema although it did screen films. The building itself was designed by Thomas Jackson and was built in the 1870’s. It was closed in the early-1970’s, but reopened on 14th January 1973 as the Aherlow Film Theatre. It was damaged by fire in on 3rd January 1978. It was demolished in 2013 but the clock tower was saved. The site is now the entrance to a supermarket car park.

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popcorn_pete on January 20, 2022 at 4:16 am

The Gaiety closed in the early-1970s and reopened as the Aherlow Film Theatre on 14 January 1973. Plans to convert the theatre to a supermarket in 1976 came to nothing. Sadly the building, part of the old Town Hall complex, was gutted by fire on 3 January 1978 which marked the end for films. There is, however, a record of Sleeping Beauty having been staged there in 1986. Part of the Tower Ballroom and also the Excel cinema, which had recently reopened, were also damaged in the fire. The auditorium may have been the same one where the Picturedrome was based, having moved to the Town hall complex after a fire at its James Street premises.

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