Star Cinema

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Located in Castlebar, County Mayo. The Star Cinema opened on 30th November 1919 when the first film to be shown was “Knocknagow”. It was run by Mr Brady proprietor of the Connaught Cycle Works and was situated behind Paddy Fahy’s. It closed near the end of 1919 for improvements and reopened on 6th March 1920. It was extremely popular and had packed houses most nights. Youngsters were admitted for four pence on weeknights. It is not listed in the Kine Year Books after 1923, the year in which ‘Grand Dances’ were held there. A couple of films that were screened in November 1921 included “An International Marriage” and “Toys of Fate”.

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popcorn_pete on April 29, 2018 at 8:49 am

This may have been a seasonal cinema as the press records two “re"openings on 27 August 1920 with “Willie Riley and his Colleen Bawn” plus two comedies “Why Worry” and “Dancing Bells” and again in August 1922.

popcorn_pete on January 24, 2022 at 9:08 am

Original opening date revealed as 30 November 1919. Up for sale at auction in May 1923 including the cars.

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