Astor Cinema

7 Eden Quay,

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Previously operated by: Ward-Anderson

Architects: William M. O'Dwyer

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Astor Cinema

Located in the north city centre adjacent to the Corinthian Picture Theatre (later Odeon 2/Screen 2). The Astor Cinema was opened on 12th March 1953 with Vittoria De Sica’s “Bicycle Thieves”. It was a conversion of a former auction house, and was designed by architect William O'Dyer.

It was the first art house cinema to operate in the city. In the 1970’s it was taken over by the Ward-Anderson chain, and went over to mainstream films. The Astor Cinema was closed on 16th June 1984 with “Adventures of a Private Eye” and “Screwballs”. The foyer was converted into a video store, while the auditorium lay unused and became derelict. It was demolished in November 2002, together with its neighbour Screen 2.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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popcorn_pete on October 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

The “new” Astor was named in memory of the “old” Astor cinema in Lower O’Connell Street. It was run by the same family, the McNallys, whose aim was primarily to present continental films.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm

In his book “Time Pieces- a Dublin Memoir,” author John Banville recalls the time he spent in this cinema, films he saw here, directors and stars he admired.

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