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By: Michael Dungan Title: King Kong

My late father (b.1923) used to talk about a cinema (I’m pretty certain in Camden Street, now an amusement arcade) where at one time you could gain admission in exchange for empty glass jars. That may well have been in … Continue reading

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By: Joan Mulloy (Mayo) Title: Bambi Trauma

I had to be carried out of the cinema, even before the film began. The film was Bambi but I didn’t like the bit when they turned out the lights!

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By: Olive Rolstone Title: Hecklers at ‘War and Peace’

My grandfather, William Cant, late of Inchicore House Dublin, was the owner, with others of several cinemas in Dublin, Dundalk and Cork.

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By: Shannon Longmore (18, Dublin) Title: Good Cinema, Bad Cinema and ‘Twilight’

I constantly go to the cinema, I’d say I would go maybe every week or everyone second week. It’s something me and my boyfriend of 4 years do together it’s kind of a ritual.

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By: Ian Kinane Title: Harry Potter, Tom Cruise and Shrek!

The first film I went to see was ‘The Muppet’s Christmas Carol’, but I was so young I hardly remember anything about it, I’ve a few other ones, though, that might be useful.

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By: Marion Gerety (Dublin) Title: Cupid strikes at ‘Doctor Zhivago’

The country town where I grew up had two cinemas.  One was called the Capital and I don’t recall the name of the other as they were always referred to as ABOVE and BELOW.

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By: Geraldine Monaghan (Dublin) Title: Limerick Cinemas and ‘Tarzan’ Reenactments

I was born in 1938 and lived in the country outside Foynes in Co. Limerick in the days when there was no TV, no phone, no running water, no nothing.

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By: Johnny Mulloy (Westport, Co. Mayo) Title: Going to the pictures in Westport

The first cinema I recall in Westport was in the Town Hall. The Town Hall at that time had various rooms with activities such as cards and billiards. It became a sort of gambling den, so the church were put … Continue reading

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By: Dr Adrian Somerfield (Dublin) Title: Matinees, Organs and Fleas!

My parents, who came from the English midlands, were quite keen on the cinema, though not I think in any “arty” sense. They went to be entertained rather than harassed or shocked or even “educated”.

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By: Fintan Ryan (Carlow) Title: Doing a Reel

I grew up in Borris Co Carlow where in the old days we had one cinema with one projector so we had the breaks for reel change.  The breaks were longer when the projectionist was a bit tipsy and sometimes … Continue reading

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