Town Hall

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Town Hall

Located in Loughrea, County Galway. The Town Hall was built in 1862 for the Marquess of Clanricarde and donated to the townspeople in 1928. It was converted to a cinema in the 1930’s and was fitted with 375 seats and an RCA sound system. Whereas many town halls only screened films for a limited time, this one appears to have become a regular cinema screening films up until the 1980’s.

In 2017 the local authority refused to provide funding for a scheme to reopen the Town Hall, but this hasn’t daunted the community group who are cracking on with the project in order to prevent the building from being sold off.

Contributed by Gavin McGrath
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