Classic Cinema

314 Harold's Cross Road,
Dublin 6W

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Architects: Thomas P. Gallagher

Previous Names: Kenilworth Cinema

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Former Kenilworth, later Classic, Cinema, Dublin now demolished.

The Kenilworth Cinema opened on 31st July 1953 with Mario Lanza in “Because You’re Mine”. Designed by Peter D. Kavanagh, it was a modern styled brick faced building. Inside the 1,124 capacity auditorium, seating was on provided on a stadium plan, with a raised section at the rear. It was closed on 21st June 1976 and was taken over by new owners on 4th October 1976 and re-named Classic Cinema.

In 1980 it was twinned with 200 seats in one screen and 300 in the other. It became well known for screening “The Rock Horror Picture Show” on late-night screenings for 22 years.

The Classic Cinema closed on 28th August August 2003 with “Veronica Guerin” and “American Pie:The Wedding”. The building was demolished in June of 2007.

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irishcine on February 27, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Remains a vacant lot at this time.

JoeKino on January 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

The first Classic Cinema was one kilometre to the south on Rathfarnham Road, just south of Terenure Crossroads. The building at 17 Rathfarnham Road, Terenure now houses a garden and landscape centre, and Terenure Enterprise Centre. It is on the west side of the road between Beechlawn Way and Cormac Terrace. It is marked at the top by a large plaque stating “1938”.

This first Classic Cinema operated until 1976. When it closed, the manager bought the lease on The Kenilworth Cinema on Harold’s Cross Road and took The Classic’s name with him. He opened his own second Classic Cinema there in October 1976.

popcorn_pete on July 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm

The manager mentioned above was Albert Kelly who leased it initially before buying outright. It most likely closed owing to his ill-health from which he died in July 2005.

popcorn_pete on July 12, 2018 at 1:16 pm

A tribute site is at:

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