Whitehall Grand Cinema

396-402 Collins Avenue,
Dublin 9

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Previously operated by: Irish Cinemas Ltd., Odeon (Ireland) Ltd.

Architects: Henry J. Lyons

Functions: Bingo Hall

Styles: Art Deco

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Whitehall Grand Cinema

The 1,088-seater Whitehall Grand Cinema was opened by Irish Cinemas Ltd. (a subsidiary of the Rank Organisation) on 31st July 1954 with Dirk Bogarde in “Doctor in the House”. It was equipped with a GB-Kalee sound system. Like many others in Dublin it was a fairly basic-looking structure built of concrete faced with red-brick cladding. By the 1960’s it was a cine-bingo operation going over to full-time bingo in 1974. The building was purchased by Gael Linn and the rake of the auditorium was later removed. It still operates as a bingo-hall along with the former Star Cinema and Cabra Grand Cinema.

Contributed by Popcorn Pete

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steveallen on April 15, 2024 at 7:57 am

My father was a newly qualified architect on that project, which was for Irish Cinemas Ltd. I have some of the working drawings, dated March 1953. Interestingly, the front elevation drawing shows the familiar Odeon brand lettering, where the word Grand appears in the photo above. Perhaps just a five-letter word used for size and spacing?

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