Rialto Cinema

359 S. Circular Road,
Dolphin's Barn,
Dublin 8

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Architects: F.J. Macaulay

Styles: Art Deco

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Rialto Cinema

The Rialto Cinema was designed by architect F.J. Macaulay and after taking just six months to build it opened on 5th November 1936 with Harry Roy in “Everything is Rhythm”. It closed in August 1970 and the following year was converted into a car showroom for Windsor Motors. This had closed in 2008. The empty building suffered from a fire in January 2015. By July 2015 it was offered ‘For Sale’ and in July 2022 the building had a ‘Sold’ sign on it.

In January 2023 plans were proposed to demolish the cinema, but retain and restore the façade, to become the entrance to a block of student flats planned for the site.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

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CBATES on September 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm

This cinema is scheduled for complete demolition according to a recent application for planning permission. To object to the application, you can go to View link and enter the planning reference 4118/08. You can submit an objection for €20 before 22 September 2008.

Please help!

popcorn_pete on November 13, 2016 at 10:25 am

According to Google Street View the property lies abandoned as of July 2014. The original frontage is no longer there.

popcorn_pete on July 12, 2018 at 8:20 am

Fire in January 2015, empty as of April 2017.

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