Savoy Cinema

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Savoy Cinema

Located in Portalington, County Laois. It was opened by 1945 and was listed in the Kinematograph Year Books from 1950 to 1962. In 1950 it had an Ernemann sound system but by 1954 it had changed to RCA and it closed in 1989. Taken over by a new operator it re-opened 3rd August 1990. It is not known when it finally closed. In 2017 it is boarded up and unused.

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popcorn_pete on April 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm

The Savoy was operating as a cinema from at least 1945 and was originally run but the Roscrea & Athy Cinema Company. It was renovated in 1981 at a cost of £25,000. It was up for sale in 1986 and originally closed in 1989. It was reopened by Aidan Doyle on 3 August 1990 when the first film said to be shown was “Pretty Woman”. Tickets for the 450-seater were just £1 for matinee screenings. It is unclear when it closed for the final time.

popcorn_pete on January 28, 2021 at 7:26 am

Frontage decorated with a mural in 2019 by Dublin artist ADW (see additional photo) inspired by the film Into the West. Cinema had been used in the film which was subsequently shown in the church next door.

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