Ritz Cinema

Castle Street,
Mullingar N91

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Architects: Michael John Scott

Firms: Scott & Good

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Hibernian Cinema

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Located in Mullingar, County Westmeath. The Hibernian Cinema opened on 20th May 1945 with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in “In Society”. The seating capacity was 920 in stalls & circle levels. It had 28ft wide proscenium, a 14ft deep stage and 3 dressing rooms. It presented occasional variety on its stage. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system.

It was closed in 1988 and converted into a twin screen cinema, known as the Ritz Cinema, which reopened on 3rd March 1989 with Tom Cruise in “Cocktail”. It closed around 2002. In 2017 it is a menswear shop called Wilfs.

Contributed by Harry Rigby

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popcorn_pete on April 4, 2018 at 7:51 am

The Hibernian opened on 20 May 1945 with “In Society”, an Abbott and Costello film, and was designed by Michael Scott from Dublin. It was run by County Cinemas and most of the staff came from the County Cinema including the manager Packy Holmes. It had a Western Electric sound system fitted along with 920 seats (250 of them in the semi-circular balcony) although this had been reduced to 770 by 1971. It closed at the end of 1988 to be converted into a twin-screen cinema and reopened as the Ritz on 3 March 1989. The film “Cocktail” with Tom Cruise was one of the films shown in the new 310-seat house. It is believed to have closed in 2002 shortly before the IMC opened in the town.

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